Last August, a team of volunteers rescued a German shepherd stranded at about 13,000 feet on a Colorado mountainside. Then the news came out that Missy’s owner, Anthony Ortolani, had left her there and had assumed she was dead. Thankfully, he was not allowed to have Missy back, and one of her rescuers was chosen to adopt her. (See our three posts about the story: Volunteers Rescue Dog Left on Colorado Mountain, UPDATE: Man Who Abandoned Dog on Mountain Wants Her Back, and Update: Abandoned on a Mountain, Missy to Be Adopted by One of Her Rescuers.)
Yesterday, Ortonlani pleaded guilty to one charge of animal cruelty and was sentenced to one year of unsupervised probation and 30 hours of community service. That doesn’t seem like enough to me. However, Missy is in a much better place. Her new owner has renamed her Lucky, in commemoration of her surviving eight days alone on the snowy mountain.