Earlier this week, a dog in Colorado was worn out after a hike with its owners and had to be evacuated. A volunteer fire group heard about the dog and immediately responded to the scene. The Evergreen Fire Rescue volunteer group went on the Maxwell Falls trail and got to the dog, named Kato, just in time. They carried the dog out of the trail on a stretcher so he could rest the rest of the way back.
“Today’s EFR had a ‘patient’ on the Maxwell Falls trail who was exhausted and most likely dehydrated,” said the Evergreen Fire Rescue on their Facebook account, “About 5 1/2 years old, 120lbs and a fluffy Great Pyrenees named Kato. Good thing Kato’s humans reached out for assistance as they were about 1 mile away from the trail head.”
“We choose to help animals,” said Stacee Martin, the public information officer for the Evergreen Fire Department in Colorado. “Doesn’t matter if it’s a horse stuck in the mud, owls that fall out of the nest… This is something that the community supports.” According to reports, Kato is recovering well from his exhausting day out.
Kato was showing signs of tiredness and lethargy which prompted his owners to get help. While dogs can be very resilient, they can exhaust a great amount of energy on a short period of time, and if they can’t hydrate or get some rest, there is chance that they could get dehydrated or become immobilized by the heat.