MONTROSE, Colo. (KKCO) - Deputies in Montrose say people are literally dumping dogs. They say unwanted dogs are being left near the bottom of the Uncompahgre to die.
Three dogs were spotted alone in the wilderness on Tuesday. We have a happy ending to one of those three stories so far… But law enforcement says that the dumping of animals is actually something they see a lot.
Because the base of the Uncompahgre Plateau is a secluded area, Animal Control says dogs are frequently left there. Now, one of the three dogs has been captured and is safe at the Montrose Animal Shelter. It took a lot of coaxing from a very animal control officer to regain her trust.
"It was a period of over fourteen duty hours, four McDonald’s Egg McMuffins and three cans of wet dog food. She’s a very sweet dog. We think that she just was obviously a little bit hungry, so Deputy Bennett was able to catch her to contain her and bring her to the shelter to get the care she needs,” says Katie Yergensen, Spokesperson for Montrose County Sheriff’s Office.
They call her "Mickey," after her favorite breakfast treat.
Animal Control thinks that Mickey had likely spent 5 or 6 days out there by herself— they're still looking for the other two dogs.
She knows how to sit and lay down; after getting her back to full health, Mickey will be up for adoption.
The Montrose County Sheriff's Office is currently investigating; they say those who dump animals can be charged with animal cruelty.