While in the middle of a hiking excursion in June 2010, Zachary Anderegg made a discovery that would break his heart. As he was climbing and exploring the canyons of Arizona, Zachary came across a dog that appeared to have been left for dead. Hardly more than skin and bones at this point, the animal was trapped in a deep pit with no means of escaping. Upon discovering the dog, the former U.S. Marine Sergeant knew that if he did not do something, the animal would surely perish.
The terrain of the area is barren and devoid of food. This led Zachary to believe that the dog was purposely abandoned, and did not just find his way in and get trapped.
350 feet below the surface. The dog was incredibly lucky that anyone had noticed him.
Seeing that the dog was starving, Zachary's immediate instinct was to climb out of the canyon to bring the dog food and water.
Zachary did not have the means to rescue the dog at that moment, but he returned the next day with a crate and enough rope to pull the dog out of the canyon. Zachary named the dog Riley and decided to make him part of the family.
Unfortunately, Riley was in rough shape. His nails were ground down from trying to escape and there were shotgun pellets lodged under his skin. Riley didn't have any broken bones from falling into the deep pit, confirming the suspicion that he’d been purposely abandoned.
Riley eventually started putting on more weight and looking better by the day.
Years later, Riley couldn't be happier to be a part of a loving family with Zachary.
To see more of Zachary and Riley’s story, check out the video below:
Via: Little Things