Hiker Risks His Life To Save A Puppy Left To Die In A Canyon

Zachary Anderegg is an avid adventurer who likes to spend his time exploring the slot canyons of southern Utah and Arizona with his family. He was on one such adventurous hike exploring a canyon in the middle of nowhere when he came across something that would change his life forever. It started out as a fairly simple hike into a canyon, like he had done many times before but this hike would prove to be different. Be sure to watch the video at the bottom for the full story.

It started out as a simple hike into the canyons like he had done many times before.

Hiker Risks His Life To Save A Puppy Left To Die In A Canyon

The light started to dwindle as he got deeper and deeper into the slot canyons.

Hiker Risks His Life To Save A Puppy Left To Die In A Canyon

Hiker Risks His Life To Save A Puppy Left To Die In A Canyon

At this point he is at least 150 feet into the earth about to rappel deeper.

Hiker Risks His Life To Save A Puppy Left To Die In A Canyon

He noticed a dog down in a pit some 350 feet in the earth. The dog surely would have been killed if he had fell into the hole which leads Zachary to believe that someone placed the dog there. Before Zachary took this picture he rushed back to his camp for dog food and water. What an amazing dog rescue.

Hiker Risks His Life To Save A Puppy Left To Die In A Canyon

The dog barely had enough energy to stand and would have died within hours had Zachary not found him in the middle of nowhere.

Hiker Risks His Life To Save A Puppy Left To Die In A Canyon

He was irate about the situation. Who would do this to an innocent animal?

Hiker Risks His Life To Save A Puppy Left To Die In A Canyon

Zachary left the dog with a blanket water and food to retrieve some rescue gear and came back the following morning to save this poor little guy.

Hiker Risks His Life To Save A Puppy Left To Die In A Canyon

This is the crate wrapped in safety ropes with the dog inside ready to be lifted 350′ to the surface!

Hiker Risks His Life To Save A Puppy Left To Die In A Canyon

Zachary named the dog Riley and brought him straight to the vet. Riley spent 24 hours at the hospital and was in terrible condition. He was so weak he couldn’t even wag his tail.

Hiker Risks His Life To Save A Puppy Left To Die In A Canyon

This photo shows just how bad Riley’s condition was. He was literally on death’s doorstep before Zachary found him.

Hiker Risks His Life To Save A Puppy Left To Die In A Canyon

God bless the people who helped Riley.

Hiker Risks His Life To Save A Puppy Left To Die In A Canyon

Riley was able to leave the vet and here he is on his way home to Utah with his new family. He started to wag his tail letting them know, “I’m going to be alright”.
Hiker Risks His Life To Save A Puppy Left To Die In A Canyon

Before Riley’s first sponge bath, he still had no energy but there was hope.

Hiker Risks His Life To Save A Puppy Left To Die In A Canyon

Riley soon started to gain energy and make new friends.

Hiker Risks His Life To Save A Puppy Left To Die In A Canyon

After about a week he was able to stand and walk on his own. It was time to introduce him to his older brother, Kohi.

Hiker Risks His Life To Save A Puppy Left To Die In A Canyon

They were instant friends.

Hiker Risks His Life To Save A Puppy Left To Die In A Canyon

Riley’s story started to become famous, and he and his new dad were invited to the Ellen Show to make an appearance and tell their story.

Hiker Risks His Life To Save A Puppy Left To Die In A Canyon

Here Riley gets ready for his big TV debut.

Hiker Risks His Life To Save A Puppy Left To Die In A Canyon

After Riley was settled in his new home and life, it was time to make new GOOD memories of the desert.

Hiker Risks His Life To Save A Puppy Left To Die In A Canyon

Riley,  Kohi, Mom and Dad.

Hiker Risks His Life To Save A Puppy Left To Die In A Canyon

Riley and Kohi have become best friends.

Hiker Risks His Life To Save A Puppy Left To Die In A Canyon

Awww Riley loves his new life and has put his past behind him.

Hiker Risks His Life To Save A Puppy Left To Die In A Canyon

Zachary says Riley saved him as much as he saved Riley.

Hiker Risks His Life To Save A Puppy Left To Die In A Canyon

Hiker Risks His Life To Save A Puppy Left To Die In A Canyon

Riley has made a full recovery, both physically and emotionally, and is now a happy dog with a happy life.

Hiker Risks His Life To Save A Puppy Left To Die In A Canyon

Zachary takes Riley and his brother Kohi everywhere with him.

Hiker Risks His Life To Save A Puppy Left To Die In A Canyon

Take a look below for the full video.

I can’t believe someone would abandon their dog in the middle of the desert to die. What kind of person would you be to do that to an innocent animal? Thankfully there are people like Zachary with big hearts who happen to be in the right place at the right time. Not much longer and little Riley would have succumb to starvation and dehydration. This story had my jaw on the floor and I’m so happy to see that Riley has a great life ahead of him full of fun adventures with his new family. What a lucky pup. Good job Zachary and Riley!

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