While hiking in a remote, uninhabitable region of Arizona, Zachary Anderegg happened upon Riley, an emaciated puppy clinging to life, at the bottom of a 350-foot canyon. How he got there remains a mystery. Fast forward to 2:15 to witness the improbable encounter, then at5:55 the daring rescue begins!
When Zak got home and examined the pup, his condition indicated that his previous owners had been abusive.
Riley had three shotgun pellets embedded beneath his skin, and his teeth turned permanently black from malnutrition.
It took a long time for Riley to regain his strength.
Through proper veterinary care and lots of compassion, Zak Anderegg vowed that he would do whatever it took to save the discarded dog.
Thanks to Zak’s dedication and determination, a dog abandoned in an unbelievably desolate place made it out alive.
Riley’s rescue wound up being featured on Ellen. To hear more from Zak himself, check out his awesome interview.