Firefighters Save Dog Who Almost Died from Heat Stroke

A 100 lbs. dog suffered a heat stroke while hiking up La Concha mountain, but luckily, firefighters came to its rescue just in the nick of time.

On May 1, 2014, firefighters Jesús Gasset and Alfonso Vidorreta from Marbella, Spain, saved the life of a 100 lbs American Stanford dog who suffered a heat stroke when he went on a hike with his owner and two other dogs in La Concha (shell) mountain.

According to Marbella24Hours, a group of 12 individuals met up early in the morning to begin their hike up the mountain, and among the members of the group were three dogs. However, when the cool air of the morning lifted, a strong heat took over and unfortunately one of the dogs was affected.

The American Stanford got dehydrated, fell to the ground and was unable to walk. His owner was not carrying any water and had no way to hydrate and save his pet. His only options were to either leave the dog behind to die a painful death or call local authorities requesting help.

Marbella firefighters Jesús Gasset and Alfonso Vidorreta save the life of a dog suffering a heatstroke.
Marbella firefighters Jesús Gasset and Alfonso Vidorreta pictured with the dog they saved.


Being an animal lover, the pet owner called authorities and Marbella firefighters were dispatched to assist in the case.

“We have rescued other animals before, but never a dog,” said firefighter Jesús Gasset. “Thanks to the mobile app ‘WhatsApp’ we were able to communicate and locate the pet owner and the dog in need.”

Firefighters drove up the mountain but then needed to walk approximately1 hour on a trail until they found the dog and his worried owner.

“The dog was very dehydrated, most of his skin was wrinkled and his tongue had turned purple,” said Gasset, “but once his owner saw us coming, he knew his dog would be saved.”

The hero rescuers offered the dog some water and tried to help him back on his four legs, but this was impossible. Instead, rescuers loaded the canine on a stretcher and descended the mountain.

The trail was at times treacherous and for the pet’s own safety, Gasset and Vidorreta had to carry him in their arms. Luckily for the men, other hikers along the trail were more than willing to lend a helping hand and get the dog to safety.

The rescue took more than 3 hours in total but by the time firefighters, the pet owner, and the dog arrived back at the starting point, the canine had been completely re-hydrated and was walking on his own.

The experience was just an unforgettable and scary one, and fortunately for the dog and his owner, it had a happy ending. Now the dog owner knows to be well prepared for his next hiking trip and has promised to never again endanger the life of his loyal four-legged friend.


13 thoughts on “Firefighters Save Dog Who Almost Died from Heat Stroke

  1. My 10 lb poodle hikes for miles and miles up mountains, but a pitbull can’t make it a shot way?r

    1. Of course, we don’t know we don’t know how far they hiked to get TO the mountain, how far up the mountain they got, how old the dog is or if it was suffering besides any other medical condition besides obesity. 100 pounds is way overweight for an Amstaff. So, let’s look at what we do know. Your Toy Poodle hikes “miles and miles up mountains” (without any help from you, of course), you obviously don’t carry water either because you and your Toy Poodle are so tough that if it becomes dehydrated, it can just whip it into submission with a snarl. Oh! And the other thing we know is that anyone who would post such a ridiculously silly, irrelevant comment bragging about their poodle being tougher than an Amstaff has an equally ridiculously small pair of man berries underneath his ridiculously pathetic little winkie doo.

  2. “His only options were to either leave the dog behind to die a painful death or call local authorities requesting help. Being an animal lover, the pet owner called authorities and Marbella firefighters were dispatched to assist in the case.”

    Seriously? This is the way you describe his dilemma? What was going through his mind? So the guy was like…”Huh, the dog collapsed, and what are my options? I guess I could leave him behind to die in pain. Or hey, maybe dial 911, they might come. Let’s see…I do love my dog, so I guess I’ll try the emergency number. What have I got to lose?”

    Being a dog owner is a responsibility. “Being an animal lover” is kind of a given. You don’t just think leaving the dog behind is an option. At least I hope it’s not.

  3. American Stanford? How about, American Staffordshire Terrier? 100 lbs?! Seriously? That dog is either seriously overweight, a healthy amstaff is around 50 – 60 lbs!

    1. That maybe the ideal weight for females. My girl is 55 lbs. My boy is 85 pounds and he is in perfect shape. It depends on the overall size of the dog and how you breed them. My boy, Champion Michl R Smokin Buzzsaw was number 7 Amstaff in the nation. His brother was 90 lbs and he was number 2.

  4. Why the hell wouldn’t you bring water with you ? I bring water with me when I take my dogs for a quick walk around the park for crying out loud.

  5. Pibulls, bulldogs, pugs and other short muzzle dogs are considered brachialcephalic. This means that because of their head and nose shape, they do not get enough air flow through their small windpipe. Imagine having to breath just through your mouth with a swollen throat while doing vigorous exercise. These dogs overheat very easily because they are not getting enough oxygen in their lungs. Unlike people, dogs cool themselves by panting. If a dog isn’t getting enough air, it’s not properly cooling itself. They need plenty of cool water and shade when it’s hot. These types of dogs are not suited for long hot hikes so make sure you have lots of water and don’t go hiking with them during hot days. Common sense people.

  6. Question…who hikes without water? If you are hiking with a dog then there should be sufficient hydration for you and the dog!

  7. There is no such breed as an American Stanford. Wow. For a dog website, I am shocked at how many stories that I have read that contain wrong information, spelling errors, and so much more.

    Maybe the dog in this story is an AMERICAN STAFFORDSHIRE TERRIER. A purebred AmStaff will not reach past 60-70 pounds, male or female. Many of the “pit bull” breeds are being bred with other stocky breeds, mostly English Bulldogs and Mastiffs, to create the “new breed” called the American Bully. While the American Bully, a UKC dog, can weigh in at 90+ pounds (many push 100-120), and resemble AmStaffs and APBTs, they most definitely are not. True APBTs and AmStaffs are medium size dogs. They are not big, unless overweight, on muscle building drugs, or a mix breed.

    Also, “pit bull” type dogs (pit bulls not being a breed) are not in the brachycephalic category. They may have a shorter muzzle, but they do not have the same internal nasal structures as boxers, English Bulldogs, pugs, French Bulldogs, Boston Terriers, Shih Tzus, and a few other dogs with the common pushed in faces. “Pit bull” type dogs do not have stenotic nares, an elongated soft palate, tracheal stenosis, or everted laryngeal saccules that the aforementioned dogs do. “Pit bull” type dogs fall into the mesaticephalic breeds, along with Labs, Goldens, etc. Dolichocephalic dogs have long muzzles like greyhounds, Borzois, Lurchers, and many more.

    1. There are several lists of brachycephalic breeds and the Amstaff – American Staffordshire Terrier along with the American Pit Bull are on them along with mixes of those breeds. Let’s not get too technical. They’re bulldog types with the commonly called flat faced and are more prone to heatstroke and breathing problems when exposed to stress or extreme temperatures. They are NOT mesaticephalic and a cursory glance will tell you their skulls are shaped differently than Labrador Retrievers, Golden Retrievers, Cocker Spaniels, Maltese, etc. No, they’re not generally considered extreme brachycephalic breeds such as Pekinese, Pug, Old English Bulldogs that tend to suffer from stenotic nares, which is a disorder actually they are brachycephalic. And by the way The American Staffordshire Terrier and The American Pit Bull Terrier (APBT) are both recognized breeds by the AKC and United Kennel Club (UKC) respectively.

      1. First of all, “Anonymous”, the American Staffordshire Terrier is NOT also known as an “American Stanford”. Do tell where you obtained this information from. Anyone who knows their bully breeds knows that “Stanford” is not an “also known as” name for an AmStaff. That is the name for those who are obviously not familiar with bully breeds. Again, if you can cite where you received that information from, I will reconsider.

        The APBT is NOT recognized by the AKC, hence why you never see an APBT at a AKC sanctioned show. Only the AmStaff (and not the Am Stanford) is recognized by the AKC. Please visit and search for “American Pit Bull Terrier”. No results will come up. Does that mean that the AKC doesn’t know what they are talking about? Granted, I do wonder sometimes about the AKC, but I do think that they know their breeds. As I mentioned earlier, anyone who knows their bully breeds knows full well that the APBT is NOT a recognized breed by the AKC. It is only recognized by the UKC. The AmStaff is recognized by the UKC as an APBT. Please feel free to insert foot into mouth at anytime, or better yet, please conduct your research accordingly. Oh, and educate yourself before blasting. Though, I do not feel that Angie was
        blasting. She wasn’t the only one who mentioned it either. Don’t get your panties in a wad.

        Let me guess, you also believe that a Red Nose or a Blue Nose “pit bull” is a special breed as well. If so, let me educate you. It is the color of the nose. It means nothing.

        As for the whole brachycephalic issue…it all depends on who you talk to. In regards to the cephalic index, the APBT is mentioned, but many vets put it in the category of mesaticephalic because of the vast differences in the structure and APBTs and their bully breed cousins are not “pure” brachycephalic dogs. You may make some valid points there, but APBTs and the like are not treated like a pure brachycephalic dog. And the technical value gives the post some merit, rather than saying “Educate yourself before blasting” or like some of the things I said. Education is better than being a jerk.

    2. To Angie: The American Staffordshire Terrier is also called American Stanford. Educate yourself before blasting.

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