3 abandoned Mastiffs rescued after spending 2 months living in the woods


In Los Angeles, California, three Italian mastiffs who had likely been abandoned by their owner and spent two months living in the Angeles National Forest, were rescued on Monday. Several hikers had spotted the dogs early in March, however no one was able to capture them.

According to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, the dogs continued to wonder the hillsides of Mount Mooney for several weeks during the cold snow storms, rainy days and recently scorching heat temperatures.

In late March, a team from the Dog Days Search & Rescue team from Simi Valley spent weeks giving the dogs food, water and shelter; the dogs would not let anyone get close to them. The team named the dogs, Steve, George and Grace.

A large pen was then constructed, and on Monday all three of the Mastiffs went into the pen.

“The team members were able to close the door and secure all three dogs. With the dogs safe and sound, the Dog Days SAR asked LASD Montrose Search and Rescue for help in transporting the Steve, George, and Grace down the steep hillside to the roadway. Team Montrose SAR responded and used their mountaineering skills to build a custom lowering system. This system used ropes and other equipment to carefully lower the dogs, who were now loaded in cages, down a steep hillside. Montrose Search and Rescue spent nearly two hours helping Steve, George, and Grace to the safety of flat ground.”

The dogs will receive all medical treatment needed and will be cared for at Dog Days, a registered 501(c)(3) non profit organization, volunteer based, animal search and rescue group. If you have any questions about Stevie, George and Grace, please visit their website at https://dogdayssar.com/

If you witness any animal abuse or abandonment of any animal in the Angeles National Forest, please contact Crescenta Valley Sheriff’s Station at 818-248-3464 or the Pasadena Humane Society at 626-792-7151.

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A “Mastiff (Massive) Rescue Operation”In early March of this year, there had been several reports from hikers and others who had seen three large dogs wondering on Angeles Crest Highway, near mile marker 46, in the Angeles National Forest. #LASD Deputies from Crescenta Valley Station and the Montrose Search and Rescue Team had seen the dogs from afar, on multiple occasions but were never able to get close enough to capture the dogs. The three Italian #Mastiffs continued to wonder the hillsides of Mount Mooney for several weeks, during the cold snow storms, rainy days and recently scorching heat temperatures. On March 27th, 2020, a team from the Dog Days Search & Rescue team from Simi Valley went to the location and began their efforts to safely capture the three Mastiffs. It appeared the abandoned dogs would not allow anyone near them, the task of capturing them was difficult. The team spent weeks supplying food, water, and shelter for the dogs. During several weeks time, the Dog Days SAR team endured heat, cold, rain, and even snow. They studied the dog’s behavior and gave them nick names of “Steve, George, and Grace”. The team was able to construct a large pen with food, in hopes of capturing dogs. Members of the LASD – Montrose Search and Rescue Team continually checked in on the animal rescue team and donated food and water. Everyone involved wanted to see “Steve, George, and Grace” safely captured and adopted out to a loving family. On April 27th, 2020 exactly one month later, the Dog Days Search and Rescue team had the break they needed when all three Mastiffs went into the pen. The team members were able to close the door and secure all three dogs. With the dogs safe and sound, the Dog Days SAR asked LASD Montrose Search and Rescue for help in transporting the Steve, George, and Grace down the steep hillside to the roadway. Team Montrose SAR responded and used their mountaineering skills to build a custom lowering system. This system used ropes and other equipment to carefully lower the dogs, who were now loaded in cages, down a steep hillside. Montrose Search and Rescue spent nearly two hours helping Steve, George, and Grace to the safety of flat ground. Once on the roadway, arrangements were made to take them to the rescue. The Montrose Search and Rescue team members learned the dogs would receive any needed medical treatment, and hopefully be available for adoption in the near future! Dog Days Search & Rescue is a registered 501(c)(3) non profit organization, volunteer based, animal search and rescue group. If you have any questions about Stevie, George and Grace, please visit their website at https://dogdayssar.com/If you witness any animal abuse or abandonment of any animal in the Angeles National Forest, please contact Crescenta Valley Sheriff’s Station at 818-248-3464 or the Pasadena Humane Society at 626-792-7151.

Posted by Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department on Tuesday, April 28, 2020




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