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Dog rescued after spending cold night on Mount Si

Dog rescued after spending cold  night on Mount Si

Credit: KCSO

by Susan Wyatt


Posted on April 16, 2012 at 4:43 PM

Updated Monday, Apr 16 at 8:47 PM

A 100-pound French Terrier spent a cold night on Mount Si on Sunday after she got spooked and refused to come down with her owner, but volunteer rescuers were able to get to her.

The King County Sheriff's Office says The Washington State Animal Response Team was initially called out Sunday afternoon by the King County Sheriff’s Office after Ana’s owner called to report that her dog refused to descend the steep, snow covered slope of The Haystack, at the top of the mountain at 3,500 feet.  The owner told rescuers that something had scared Ana, which made her climb about 250 feet up the mountain, where there is no trail.

The Washington State Animal Response Team was contacted and deployed  two of its Technical Rescue Team members to hike up to meet the owner, who was still at the scene.  When they arrived at the base, they determined it was too risky to attempt to rescue Ana that night.

On Monday, the Seattle Mountain Rescue team climbed to the top of The Haystack, where they found Ana, cold and anxious. They secured her with a harness and lowered her down the mountain by ropes, where the Animal Response Team was waiting.

“These rescue teams are amazing.  These people drop whatever they are doing to volunteer their time to save humans and animals alike,” said Ana's grateful owner.