At approximately 3pm on Sunday August 2nd, the Altadena Mountain Rescue Team responded to a call for an injured dog on the Lower Sam Merrill Trail. The victim, a 5 year old Shephard mix, along with its owner, were located approximately 1 mile up the trail. Once on scene, the team determined that along with a laceration it had suffered to its paw, it was also suffering from heat exhaustion. Efferts were made on scene to begin cooling the dog while also attending to its lacerated foot. The dog was then transported via litter down the trail and placed in the air conditioned cab of a waiting Sheriff's vehicle. The dog and its owner were then driven to their own vehicle, with the owner taking the dog to a private veterinary clinic for treatment. This opeation concluded at approximately 5:30PM
As temperatures are expected into the high 90's again this weekend, remember that your four legged hiking partner needs water also. Bring along a collapsible bowl and plenty of bottled water, and avoid hiking in the middle of the day when the sun is directly overhead, limiting the amount of shade on the trail.