A dirt-bike rider from Arvada and a newly-formed pet rescue team helped unite a 15-pound pooch lost in the mountains with the dog’s owner.
At about 7:30 p.m. Sunday Summit County dispatch received a 911 call about a missing hiker on the Lenawee Trail in the Peru Creek area, near Montezuma, according to a news release.
The missing hiker, a woman, was searching for dog Sunny, a mixed breed, after he escaped her control and disappeared on Lenawee Mountain.
Charles Pitman, with the Summit County Rescue Group, found the woman, but the dog was still missing.
“We had just recently been excited to learn that Summit Lost Pet Rescue (SLPR) had formalized as a non-profit group, and we had communicated to the other SCRG mission coordinators that we now had an official resource to call for missing pets in the backcountry,” Pitman said in the release. “We immediately notified Brandon Ciullo and Melissa Davis of SLPR, who had already learned of the missing dog from social media reports.”
On Monday, a team of three SCRG members went out to support the SLPR search efforts along Lenawee Trail and Peru Creek Road.
At about 2 p.m., a dirt bike rider from Arvada, Ryan Weed, arrived at the Peru Creek parking area and saw a volunteer posting lost pet signs.
Reed asked for details and said he’d keep an eye out. Shortly after, he spotted Sunny running down the road and then into the woods, the release said. Reed immediately biked back to the parking lot, where he called Sunny’s owner and also spoke with the search team.
The group went to the point where Sunny was last seen and about an hour later Sunny and her owner were reunited. Searches said they were pleased with the outcome of the “first official joint mission” and the pet group’s success within 24 hours of formation.