The Vail Daily is counting down the 10 most-read stories of 2023. Check back each day through Dec. 31 as we recap the year’s biggest news.
- Abandoned dog getting second chance at Susquehanna Valley animal rescue
- WOMAN ACCIDENTALLY ORDERS TINY DOG BED, DOG PRETENDS EVERYTHING IS FINE
- Andover dog rescue owner charged with 22 counts of animal cruelty
- Stolen Dog Brought Back Home To Tulsa From New Mexico Thanks To Flock Cameras
- Dog dies after being physically struck by District Dogs employee
Vail Daily readers loved reading stories about rescued dogs in 2023.
In July, an Eagle County paramedic saved the lives of a mother-daughter pair of dogs after their owner died in a vehicle accident on Interstate 70 in Vail.
Greg Sawyer jumped into action upon seeing the two dogs, Harley and Shu, injured and lying dozens of feet from the vehicle. He put the dogs in his paramedic command SUV and, after making multiple calls, brought them to Vail Valley Animal Hospital, where they were both treated for injuries including spinal bruising.
After extended stays at the animal hospital, both dogs recovered enough to go home with their owner’s mother, Katie Burke. A GoFundMe page Sawyer started to raise money for the dogs’ medical care ultimately raised over $12,500.
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In October, Avon Police Department officers, Eagle County Animal Services officers, visiting training officers, and local canine specialist Steve Hueston spent several hours in the rain working to rescue five dogs that were found around Wagon Trail Road in Avon near the Maverik gas station.
The dogs, later found to be littermates and around seven months old, were apparently dumped at the site. When offered food, the dogs ate ravenously, but were wary of human interaction, making them difficult to capture and bring to safety. Over multiple hours, a 10-person team was able to corral four of the dogs into protective cages, and picked up the final dog the next morning.
The dogs were taken to the Eagle County Animal Shelter, where they were seen by a vet, vaccinated, and spayed/neutered.
Through lots of interaction with other dogs and shelter staff, the initially shy dogs came out of their shells and began to display their energetic, loving personalities. The dogs went up for adoption within two weeks of being found in Avon, and all were quickly adopted.
In November, a dog named Bandit disappeared following a rollover crash on Interstate 70 which sent 19-year-old Kate Fritsch to the hospital with a head injury. She received stitches and is doing okay.
The dog, a 6-year-old terrier mix, had been traveling with Fritsch and was feared dead.
The Eagle County Lost Pets Team mobilized, setting up trail cameras and scent stations in the East Vail area where the accident occurred. Team members also put large neon signs on Vail Pass, alerting motorists of the lost dog.
After two nights alone in the cold, Bandit was spotted in the freeway median at milepost 184. Some good Samaritans who were traveling through the area were able to coax Bandit into their car and safely reunite him with the family. All told, Bandit was missing for about 50 hours.
The dog’s family was thrilled to find him alive and unharmed.