A fire rescue team in Evergreen, Colorado, rescued an unusual patient Sunday morning: a 120-pound Great Pyrenees dog named Kato.
Poor Kato was on a hike with his owners, but he got so tired, he couldn’t manage to complete the trail. Evergreen Fire Rescue carried him the rest of the way down the mountain – stretcher and all.
When the rescuers arrived to help 5-year-old Kato, he “was exhausted and likely dehydrated,” they said. There wasn’t much farther to go, but have you ever tried to carry a Great Pyrenees down a mountain? Not only are these dogs as heavy as a human, but they’re also extremely fluffy.
The only solution was to call for help.
Officials told KUSA that they weren’t surprised to get a call from that particular trail. Kato and his owners were hiking Maxwell Falls, a steep and difficult trail.
The team used the same stretcher for Kato that they normally use to help people. Though Kato is definitely an unusual patient, they’re happy to help animals in need whenever necessary.
“We choose to help animals,” Stacee Martin, a spokesperson for the Evergreen Fire Department, told KUSA. “Doesn’t matter if it’s a horse stuck in the mud, owls that fall out of the nest… this is something that the community supports.”