GRANITE FALLS, Wash. – A group of volunteers with the Washington State Animal Response Team (WASART) and park rangers from the Snohomish County Parks, Recreation & Tourism (SCPRT) rescued a 150-pound Great Dane Wednesday night from the Lime Kiln Trail.
The nine rescuers worked for four hours to get 5-year-old Zion down the trail.
On Wednesday afternoon, SCPRT received a call from a woman whose dog was having a medical emergency and unable to walk out the 3.5 miles to the trailhead.
WASART crews were able to use an access road to cut 2 miles off the rescue distance.
They used a wheeled litter to hike the exhausted canine up the trail to the ranger truck. Zion was then taken by his owners to Pilchuck Animal Hospital.
“WASART was very professional and well trained, making it a very efficient and safe rescue,” said Rich Patton, SCPRT Park Operations Supervisor and Chief Ranger. “It was very satisfying seeing Zion on the litter with an expression of being ‘relieved’. On the way out, he seemed to be looking around at the scenery. It was well worth putting in the extra time for this rescue. The owners were very kind and grateful for everyone’s help.”