Originally Posted by segbrown
Please don't think I'm defending his decision ... I am not! I have dogs! I love dogs! But I can understand his decision, and I don't think he is a monster deserving of death threats.
Whoa, I never thought for an instant you were "defending" his actions, Seg, and it never even occurred to me that you might not like dogs. I do recognize that understanding what may have prompted a person's actions isn't necessarily the same as defending or agreeing with those actions. When I said I disagreed with the fact that you understood the owner's reaction, it's not as if I was hopping up and down shouting at my computer screen in a fit of outrage or anything. I wasn't.
So, let's just call it a quibble, and I guess my quibble is that I just don't share your understanding of what I see as his nearly complete lack of action to even check on the status of his dog...much less get her off the mt. He "assumed" she died? Why? She looked surprisingly hearty after 8 days without any appreciable food or water, if any at all, so I have to assume that aside from her injured paws, she must've looked fairly healthy when he left her. There are just so many simple things that he could have done afterward. A few that I thought of pretty quickly were things such posting "Lost Dog" signs at the trailhead, handing out flyers to people in the area, putting an ad in the local paper, using Google to find resources, or contacting a breed rescue group in the area. I guarantee the latter would have moved heaven and earth to find a way to get that dog off the mt. He essentially says he made a call or two and called it a day.
While the hikers that went to get Missy performed an impressive and praiseworthy feat, I assume that the couple that found her is just your average Joe & Jane Schmoe, who are likely possessed of roughly average intelligence, resourcefulness, and no particularly striking gift for exceptional ingenuity. Yet, they mobilized an effective search and rescue by complete strangers in a mere matter of hours...for a dog they had never even met! Along those lines, I would be pretty surprised if you wouldn't go to greater lengths than this guy did if something similar ever happened to one of your dogs, Seg, and I say that not even knowing you from Adam!
I agree that he's almost certainly NOT a monster, but I just don't think he's the brightest bulb in the chandelier. The death threats are indeed inexcusable, though, and while I may be skeptical about charges against the owner, I really hope the authorities can identify those responsible for these threats and bring criminal charges against them.