Mountain rescuers weigh in on the sick Saint-Bernard off the English peak


LONDON (AP) – The Saint Bernard people are known to have helped rescue travelers in distress in the mountains, but things changed on Sunday in the north of England.

Sixteen volunteers from the Wasdale Mountain Rescue Team took turns transporting Daisy, a 121 pound (55 kilogram) St Bernard, from England’s highest peak, Scafell Pike. The mountain rescue team spent nearly five hours rescuing Daisy, who had collapsed on Friday night while descending the mountain with her owners.

Rescuers said Daisy was showing signs of pain in her back legs and refusing to move. After seeing a vet’s office, they administered some pain relief and adjusted their stretcher, designed for humans, to be more suitable for dogs. They also packed some treats to help calm her down.

“Having team members with their own pampered dogs at home, as well as our much loved research dog Jess, we recognize the distress the animal may be feeling and that of its owners,” the team said.

They said Daisy was recovering from her ordeal.

Scafell Pike, 978 meters (3,209 feet) above sea level, is located in the Lake District National Park in Cumbria.

The Wasdale Mountain Rescue team relies on donations to fund their mountain safety efforts.


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