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Three Cane Corso dogs saved after roaming Angeles National Forest for weeks

Jaclyn Cosgrove, Los Angeles Times on

Published in Cats & Dogs News

LOS ANGELES -- Spoiler alert: In this story, all three dogs survive through what in and of itself could make for another "Homeward Bound" movie.

Over the last few weeks, a dedicated group of a lot of people -- volunteers from the Simi Valley-based Dog Days Search & Rescue, Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies and the Sheriff Department's Montrose Search and Rescue Team -- came together to save three abandoned Cane Corsos that were seen wandering on Angeles Crest Highway, near mile marker 46, in the Angeles National Forest.

Hikers and others had reported seeing the dogs to deputies at the Crescenta Valley sheriff's station, but no one from the station or the Montrose Search and Rescue Team could ever get close enough to capture the dogs.

Cue the animal rescue group.

Dog Days Search & Rescue said in a post on its Facebook page that it first learned of the dogs in early April. The group has spent the last few weeks visiting the dogs, feeding them, talking to them and helping them to get used to people.

The group also provided frequent updates about the dogs on its Facebook page.


In the nonprofit's first post in early April about the dogs, Dog Days Search & Rescue noted that bad weather was approaching, and because the dogs were living at a high elevation, the area they were roaming could get snow and cold weather.

The organization put three dog houses on top of pallets, covering them with tarps, and also provided plenty of fresh water in case they couldn't reach the dogs because of the storm.

"So we focused on the shelter for today," the group wrote. "With such a steep area we had to create a flat spot that was in a covered area away from ravines which would be filled with water or snow eventually. After an hour of driving, avoiding a road closure, lots of digging and working in the cold and rain, we had our mission accomplished!"

The rescuers visited the dogs daily, first establishing a scent trail to the food to remind them there was food readily available and of the location of the shelter.


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