Deputy rescues starving dog in storm - with help from a trucker's sandwich

The starving German Shepherd is seen after her rescue by Deputy Ron Doersch. (Photo: Snohomish County Sheriff's Office.)

INDEX, Wash. - A deputy who took a back road to Gold Bar during the height of this weeks' winter storm ended up finding and rescuing a starving German Shepherd that had been missing since September - with help from a local truck driver who sacrificed his lunch for the effort.

Snohomish County sheriff's officials say Deputy Ron Doersch felt an unexplained pull to return to Gold Bar via Reiter Road, which he would normally avoid due to logging in the area and the deteriorating weather conditions.

So the deputy followed his instincts, and as he made his way along the twisting road, he spotted an emaciated German Shepherd running through the woods. The dog clearly was starving and suffering from severe health issues.

Deputy Doersch tried to call the dog to get her to come to him, but had no luck. Then, several drivers from Buck Thoms trucking company who were hauling logs nearby stopped to help.

One of the truck drivers donated his lunch sandwich to help entice the dog into Deputy Doersch’s truck. It worked, and they were able to get the German Shepard into the patrol vehicle.

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Doersch then met up with an animal control officer, who took the dog to Pilchuck Animal Hospital in Snohomish. As it turned out, the German Shepherd was microchipped and they were able to contact the dog's owners, who live in Monroe.

The owners said the dog had run away in September and they had been unable to find her - but hoped that she would be eventually found due to her microchip.

"They were very happy to hear she is safe, has received treatment, taken a bath and is regularly eating at the shelter," said the Sheriff's Office. "The owners are working with the vet at the shelter to create a treatment plan and she is expected to make a full recovery!"

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