RIVERSIDE (CBSLA.com) — A hiker recalled how his dog helped rescue a man who was trapped under rocks for nearly a week on Mount Rubidoux in Riverside.
Ramon Llamas and his German Shepherd-Chow mix, Molé, were on a hike Monday morning at the popular landmark when Molé spotted the victim in a hole between two boulders.
“I thought it was a different animal. Like a mountain lion. I saw his face in the dark,” said Llamas.
Jane Lambert, Llamas’ hiking partner said, “His face was so….covered with dirt.”
Llamas said the victim, a man named Paul from Massachusetts, couldn’t communicate because he was dehydrated and disoriented.
“He was making signs to me and trying to talk to me. He don’t remember that. He don’t remember anything,” said Llamas.
Paul was taken to Riverside Community Hospital and treated for dehydration.
He’s currently in good condition.
Llamas said he visited the victim, who doesn’t have family in Riverside, in his hospital room on Tuesday.
“He looked like he was going to cry. He shook my hand. (He said), ‘Thank you, God bless you.’ Things like that,” said Llamas.
Although Paul didn’t want to talk about his ordeal, he told KCAL9’s Greg Mills that he wanted to thank the Riverside hospital staff, paramedics, Llamas, and of course, Molé, for saving his life.