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Sep 17, 2012 9:47 AM by Garrett Boyd

Man says he got death threats over abandoned dog

DENVER (AP) - A man who left his dog to die on Mount Bierstadt says he has been getting death threats.

Anthony Ortolani says he is giving the German shepherd mix to one of the people who climbed the Colorado mountain last month to rescue Missy after eight days on her own.

Ortolani is charged with animal cruelty for leaving the dog behind on a mountain climbing trip.

According to KMGH-TV, Ortolani said he was forced to leave his dog on the mountain after the animal got injured. He says he and a friend tried to carry the 112-pound dog for more than two hours over rocky terrain, but he worried for his safety and had to abandon her.

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