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Two dogs who had apparently been abandoned along Highway 50 in the Sierra are safe after escaping their potential rescuers for two weeks.
The young male German Shepherds, known to their new keepers as Toby and Ash, had been seen running free in the Bridal Veil Falls area, 5 miles east of Pollock Pines, starting on Labor Day.
El Dorado County Animal Services officers made multiple attempts to catch them, but the frightened dogs fled into the forest.
“We knew they were still there and must be tired and hungry. We had placed a humane trap with bait food in the area, but the dogs are big dogs and they were wary of the trap, ”said Henry Brzezinski, the head of the animal service agency, in a statement. county press release.
The officers therefore decided to build a “Missy trap” – a large enclosure whose door closes when triggered by an animal foraging. (It is named after a Minnesota dog that was legendary for its ability to thwart conventional capture methods.)
Officers assembled the enclosure near the road and placed a camera nearby so that a guard could be alerted if dogs entered inside, Brzezinski said.
They tried various baits, including the T-shaped steak. On the evening of September 19, they were successful: the dogs were drawn to a mix of cat food, liver pate and dog food, and the door closed.
The dogs were taken immediately for veterinary care. Both were malnourished and their chain necklaces were stuck in their necks. It took surgery to remove the chain.
Toby and Ash are now both at the County Animal Shelter in Diamond Springs and are expected to fully recover from the ordeal, Brzezinski said. They will be proposed for adoption by two.
Meanwhile, the agency is investigating the abandonment of the dogs. Anyone with information is asked to call (530) 621-5795.