Ranger finds injured dog left at Lost Dutchman State Park

Posted at 4:17 PM, Oct 03, 2017
and last updated 2017-10-03 22:35:48-04

After finding a dog with two broken legs, an Arizona State Parks ranger is taking it upon herself to nurse the dog back to health after it mysteriously showed up at a ranger station last week.

April Loew tells us the dog, possibly a mix between an Australian Cattle Dog and Catahoula, randomly showed up last Thursday morning at the front door to the ranger station at Lost Dutchman State Park.

"His tail was tucked under, he was literally shaking," Loew said. "He was kind of hopping on his back legs like a kangaroo."

Loew says after a few moments, she realized the dog had two badly broken front legs.

"I was crying...the park manager here was crying," she said. "We just couldn't believe that someone would leave this little guy because he's so, so sweet."

Loew took the dog to the vet and says he does not have a chip to identify him. He also did not have a collar nor any identifying information.

Given the remote location, and the fact the dog could barely walk, Loew believes someone dumped the dog at the ranger station, and she'd like to know why the person didn't at least leave a note.

"That would be a great thing to do, to at least say, 'This is what happened, I can't take care of this, I don't want to do it this way, can somebody here get him the right help?'" she said. "So that we could just have an answer to the big mystery."

Loew is footing the vet bill to nurse the dog back to health, and says she's happy to take him in.

The dog, who she named 'Ranger', underwent surgery last Friday for the broken legs, which will take several months to heal.

While she is happy to take him in, she wonders what might happen if an original owner comes forward.

"(I) don't know that I would want to deprive a family of their dog, but I would certainly question how the dog came to be here from their home," she said.