Firefighters Save Dog Who Almost Died from Heat Stroke

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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.


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

  1. “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.

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

    • 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

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

  6. 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.

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


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