SAN DIMAS (CBS) — An afternoon hike turned into an overnight ordeal when a couple, whose 80-pound dog joined them for the trek, couldn’t make it back down the trail.
Officials said the dog, Baxter, a Labrador mix, suffered cuts to his paws from rocks on the trail at the Angeles National Forest, just north of San Dimas. The walk became too hard and he grew too tired, forcing his owners to call police for help.
The couple couldn’t carry the dog themselves, so they waited overnight for help to arrive.
On Sunday morning, a rescue helicopter arrived and had to completely shut down to calm the frightened dog enough to board. The couple and the dog were eventually airlifted to safety.
The couple, who did not have clothing or camping supplies, was cold when they were picked up, but were said to be doing fine.