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A fire department spokeswoman said the owner believed the dog was dehydrated.
Courtesy Roanoke County Fire & Rescue
Caesar, a 100-pound chocolate Labrador, "was happy to be carried down the trail and happy to be sitting in the police officer's crate," said Roanoke County Fire & Rescue spokeswoman Jennifer Conley Sexton.
Tuesday, May 21, 2013
Roanoke County firefighters and a police officer rescued a sick dog from the McAfee Knob trail Tuesday afternoon.
Caesar, a 100-pound chocolate Labrador, “was happy to be carried down the trail and happy to be sitting in the police officer’s crate,” said Roanoke County Fire and Rescue spokeswoman Jennifer Conley Sexton.
Sexton said Caesar’s owner called 911 when the 3-year-old dog began to throw up from probable dehydration as the pair and at least one other person worked their way back down from the trail’s summit in the 88-degree humidity.
The dog eventually lay down and would not get up, Sexton said.
“The hikers ran out of water on their descent down the trail,” she said. “The gals even gave their water supply to the dog.”
A rescue party of three firefighters and a police officer drove an ATV from the Virginia 311 parking lot up a fire access road to a spot where they could more easily reach Caesar and the hikers, Sexton said.
Caesar was placed in a basket and driven out on the ATV. Sexton said the dog was taken to a local veterinarian to be evaluated.
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