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Man Gives Custody Battle After Abandoning His Dog On Mountain

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Well, we're glad Missy will have a happy home but she didn't need to stay on 14,000 ft cliff to find one!

Last month, we told you about the German Shepherd mix that was abandoned on the Colorado mountainside by her original owner, Anthony Ortolani.

Scott and Amanda Washburn rescued a dying Missy and they were beginning to raise her when Ortolani suddenly decided he wants his dog back.

But after several death threats and animal abuse charges, Ortolani has decided to back down…

Smart choice!

Ortolani will agree to accept a plea deal and plead guilty to a lesser animal abuse charge and will avoid jail time as long as he gives up his pursuit of Missy.

The neglectful owner originally claimed he left Missy because he feared for his saftety.

We believe Scott Washburn sums up the story perfectly:

I just don’t think that his actions have shown that he is a responsible dog owner. We understand that he had to leave her there.

My wife and I did the same thing. But we ended up going back for her and we went to some pretty extreme lengths to do so.

Now the Washburns are Missy's permanent owner and we like it that way!

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