Back to News

German Shepherd Rescued From Mountain, Reunited With Owner

Written by: Kimberly Ring
[caption id="attachment_11133" align="alignright" width="300"]N Mtn Rescue Cash rescued from North Mountain.[/caption]
[caption id="attachment_11129" align="alignright" width="300"]N Mtn RTO Cash reunites with owner.[/caption]
A New Year’s celebration turned into a scary, life-threatening situation for 7-year-old German Shepherd Cash.   With fireworks going off all around him on New Year’s Eve, Cash became extremely frightened and jumped his yard’s fence in a panic. Cash’s owner chased after him but eventually lost sight of his beloved pet.   Several days later, a hiker spotted Cash on North Mountain and contacted the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office Mountain Rescue Team, which reached out to AHS Emergency Animal Medical Technician Liz Truitt to assist in the rescue.   Truitt and the rescue team found Cash perched on a rocky outcrop, thirsty, tired and with severe cuts and gashes to his feet. Cash’s feet were so swollen and raw that he refused to walk. The team gave Cash water, bandaged his feet and then created a sling to carry him uphill to a paved trailhead, where they could then transport him by truck down the mountain and to AHS’ Second Chance Animal Hospital™, where we treated his injuries and gave him his first good meal since Cash had gone missing four days earlier.   Three days later, Cash was spotted by his owner during a walkthrough of AHS’ shelter and the pair was happily reunited!   Cash’s story is a reminder to keep your pet indoors and away from fireworks during New Year’s and the Fourth of July, as well as the importance of having up-to-date identification, including ID tags and microchips.
January 15, 2014