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Leo the 120-Pound Labrador Carried Down Mountain by Rescuers After Suffering Dehydration on Hike

Leo had to be carried down Mount Olympus by a team of rescuers after getting stranded on his hike.




The yellow Labrador drank four to 5 liters of water when rescuers found him, consistent with Salt Lake County Sheriff's Search and Rescue
A 120-pound yellow Labrador named Leo had to be carried down Olympus by a team of rescuers after getting stranded on his hike.



Leo was traveling up the mountain with a person's hiker around 11 a.m. on Monday when the pup began to show "signs of overheating" and refused to maneuver , consistent with Salt Lake County Sheriff's Search and Rescue.

The hiker tried to stay Leo hydrated and funky but had to call in help when the dog's condition didn't improve and their water system ran out, the all-volunteer group wrote on Facebook.

As temperatures rose nearing 100 degrees, two teams of rescuers were sent up the mountain "with large amounts of water and equipment to hold the dog down the trail," consistent with the post. The hike to Leo and his human took "extra time" thanks to the heavy packs and tiny shade on the trail.

When the teams finally made it up to the pooch, Leo drank "4 to five liters of water" as rescuers cooled him off with fans, rescuers said.

However, consistent with the rescue organization, Leo was still too "weak" and had to be loaded onto a litter for his trip down the mountain.

"That process still took several hours. The team was off the mountain around 10:20 PM," the post read. "Leo looked happy and relieved to be getting the assistance he needed to urge hydrated and obtain off the mountain."

The entire rescue took approximately six hours and 20 minutes, rescuers said. Though "team members and therefore the hiker got off the mountain in fitness ," Leo was whisked away to an area vet for examination, the SLCOSAR wrote.




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Leo has since began to get over the ordeal, consistent with an update shared on Tuesday. The dog's rescuers said in another Facebook post that Leo "is overcoming his heat prostration and his kidney function is returning back to normal, so he should be ok."

In the wake of Leo's harrowing adventure, authorities cautioned hikers to be more mindful of their canine companion, recommending that folks "hike together with your doggy leave early, or wait a couple of more months until it cools off."

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