German Shepherd Found Frozen to Ground Six Days After Getting Lost

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For Allentown, New Jersey resident, Dina Alborano, February 4, 2015, and the subsequent days were just a nightmare. Alborano’s six-year old German Shepherd, named River, got out of her backyard and got lost in the woods. He was found clinging to life and frozen to the ground 5.5 miles away from home.

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When River got lost the pet owner didn’t know what to do. However, being an experienced snow shoe racer, Alborano took it upon herself to go into the woods daily and find her beloved dog.

“I was just out of my mind ,” the pet owner told ABC News. “It’s just the fact of not knowing. It just eats you away.”

Allentown faced a brutal cold front when the dog got lost and the pet owner feared her pet wouldn’t survive out in the woods much longer. For six days Alborano tracked miles through the snow, until she came upon an emaciated dog frozen to the ground and she knew that was her lost pet.

River lost 30 pounds during those six days and was very dehydrated. He was rushed to NorthStar VETS where he was treated during seven days before getting released home.

The dog was so weak he couldn’t stand on his own and required the help of veterinary staff to stand and walk. River required blood transfusions, constant IV fluids and pain medication to help him recover.

River before being released from NorthStar Vets. Photo Credit: NorthStar VETS/Facebook
River before being released from NorthStar Vets. Photo Credit: NorthStar VETS/Facebook

 

On Feb. 12, the German Shepherd was well enough to go home.

“With a seven day stay at NorthStar behind him and a roller coaster ride of medical problems fixed, our Star patient gets to go home!” posted NosrthStar Vets on their Facebook wall. “Now he will rest and recuperate. River’s family sends all of you their heartfelt thanks for your well wishes and prayers:-)”

Alborano was very thankful for the attention her pet received at the hospital. She said that even though her dog was not completely out of the woods when released, she was confident River would make a full recovery.

0 thoughts on “German Shepherd Found Frozen to Ground Six Days After Getting Lost”

      • Learn to read before making stupid comments!! The dog got out….I’m sure she is kicking herself on how and why but she went looking for her boy when no one else would…..she deserves praise for that NOT stupid insensitive comments!

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        • How about you crawl out from your “Anonymous” hole and Identify yourself and maybe be real for the first time in your life?

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        • I hope and pray that when she lets River out again in her yard that She stays with him the whole time he is out! I have 3 small dogs and ever since we owned a dog; we have an enclosed yard, I am out with those dogs and never leave them unattended! here are nuts- in – the-neighborhood!

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        • I believe German Shepherds are very intelligent and when he was out and she wasn’t home, he maybe just got too cold and decided to take care of it on his own. It didn’t turn out well, but I’m sure he’ll be better cared for now, because it’s hard to judge how a dog will react to a situation until they encounter it.

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      • That’s ridiculous. German Shepherds love to jump fences and roam around and come back when they are good and ready. Why would you be so quick to jump to conclusions about the owner? Get a life oh negative one.

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      • That dog didn’t get emanciated that quickly had it had weight on it. I think it was thin to begin with and why was it outside in such brutal cold weather…just thinking out loud

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        • Actually, being in that kind of cold with no food or water he could easily have lost 30 lbs. His body was feeding off of its own reserves in an effort to stay alive. You try staying out in freezing temperatures for 7 days and see how much weight you lose.

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        • I am a wildlife rehabilitator and I know for fact that weight loss of 30 lbs is very a strong possibility due to the circumstances with weather conditions. Freezing temps Without water and food can zap all the body of strength , fat and fluids as well as muscle . By the picture , all of these events took place in this poor dog and being froze down compounded and sped up the process.. A few short hours and the outcome would not have been a good one.

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        • Anonymous: That dog didn’t get emanciated that quickly……

          What is wrong with you? Did you skip the 1st grade and just go straight to STUPID?

          And there ain’t no fixing stupid…..but I think you can still learn to READ!

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        • to anonymous..
          River WOULD not have survived if he did not have the 30 pounds to lose- that dog was well taken care of and as an owner to 4 fur babies I can tell you that like human children they get out, get in trouble and get into situations beyond our control at times. The owner of River I am sure is very grateful to get her beloved dog back. You are an insensitive person and I hope you never get a pet of your own. You do not deserve that type of love.

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      • YOU ARE A SICK PERSON TO EVEN COMMENT IN SUCH A MANNER. GO STAND IN THE FREEZING COLD FOR DAYS AND SEE WHAT HAPPENS TO YOU. I HOPE YOU FREEZE AND NOBODY EVER FINDS YOU!!!!!!!!!

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    • SOOOO very happy River is doing better! What an awful ordeal for the pet owner!

      There are some humans we should leave in the woods in those conditions! Animals don’t deserve to be out there like that!

      Thank goodness she found him!

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    • I am very happy the GSD survived. They are great dogs I am on my 4th GSD they are the best as far as I am concerned !!!

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    • I just had a similar scare!! My 13 yr old dog wandered off…I was crazy trying to find him before night fall. We have had a brutal winter w single digit temps. I knew if I didn’t find him,he would die. Thank god a lady picked him up in her van and he was returned to me. I tried to give her a monetary reward but she wouldn’t take it. I cried my eyes out when he was returned to me no worse for the wear except he had been sprayed by a skunk!

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  1. This is FICTION. A dog or a human or any other mammal can NOT lose 30 pounds in 6 days. Once again … Another Life With Dogs story that fails the reality test.

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      • You people are idiots!! The dog could easily lose 30# in 6 days. Dehydration pulls the weight off fast! My horse lost well over 200# in 3 days when she got sick 2 years ago!!

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        • Exactly! The Vet didn’t say the dog lost 30 pounds of fat but 30 pound of weight. Bodies are about 97% water and water loss happens fast. With freezing temperatures there was most likely no water source for the dog so a high volume loss of water weight is not unrealistic. Those who doubt try not drinking any water for 6 days and see how you fair. And regarding the dog’s weight, American’s typically overfeed their dogs. Obesity in dogs is just as rampant as in people in America. Look at K9 dogs from Europe to see how sleek and lean they are kept. A healthy active dog should be lean. If you can’t see your dogs waist and the outline of a rib or too your dog is over weight. Over weight leads to kidney, liver and a whole host of other health problems which shortens the dogs life span considerably.

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    • Carmen: You are fiction!!! Somebody this stupid canot be real. Do you really think the vet hospital would go along with this story? What a flaming dumbass.

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    • here’s a thought before you open your mouth and prove your an Idiot keep your mouth shut and no one will know!!!

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    • these trolls on here are ruining a beautiful story. Dogs can dehydrate and lose 40 plus pounds in 3 days. The fact is Dina Alborano is a modern day hero. Congrats

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    • Owner sells altitude decompression chambers that torture racehorses, they cause dehydration, respiratory, and tendon problems. Dina Albarano abused her own dog. This is a planted story.

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