The following CNN animal news video is about a German shepherd named Missy. It was uploaded to the CNN website on August 16, 2012.
The CNN video page for this story seems highly deceptive. They claim the owner “abandoned” the dog. In actuality, even the video admits the the owner contacted authorities to try to get a rescue mission together. The owner said that he did not have the strength to carry the dog down after it became injured and couldn’t walk. Using the term “abandoned” here is highly controversial. That is just not what happened. The authorities refused to put a rescue party together, saying it was too risky for an animal.
At any rate, some hikers heard about Missy and decided to hike up Mt. Bierstadt (Colorado) and try to find her. They did find her and took turns bringing the dog down in a backpack.
Now, the owner wants the dog back. Of course, the rescuers of the German shepherd are protesting, saying the owner doesn’t deserve the dog back. But again, this is what they are saying on this tape. But were they told about the owner trying to get a rescue together before making their comments? Obviously, they were under the impression that the owner simply abandoned Missy.
CNN gets an F for using the word “abandoned” in the title on this video page. I wonder if it is defamation. Maybe it isn’t because the owner is not identified. But they are certainly pushing the envelope here with such careless wording.