Friends go on a grueling 6-hour hike up a mountain to save a dog who lost its front paw to a trap

The hike was an incredible challenge and they nearly gave up several times.
July 3, 2018 10:15 am Last Updated: July 3, 2018 10:15 am

Six hours is a long time! It’s long enough to watch three movies, eat two big meals, and get through almost an entire school day.

Doing anything for six hours in a row is exhausting, especially when it involves a lot of physical activity. Yet Séan McCormack would gladly travel six hours and back to rescue an animal in need.

Seán McCormack and Ross Tweedie climbed six hours up a mountain to rescue a dog.

WISH US LUCK (WE’LL NEED IT!)This dog has lost both front feet to traps or wild boars, so we’re heading out to rescue…

Posted by Seán McCormack on Sunday, March 18, 2018

As an independent dog rescuer, McCormack receives information about abandoned/injured pooches all the time.

One day in March, McCormack was forwarded a Facebook photo depicting a 1-year-old dog curled up inside a metal kiln outside a guest house at Taroko National Park in Taiwan. Seeing this, he knew he had to help.

He got in touch with the woman who took the photo. She told him that she encountered the dog on a mountain hike and noticed he had lost his front right paw to a trap and taken serious damage from a snare.

“There’s a big problem in Taiwan with traps and snares,” McCormack told The Dodo. “Most of our rescues are dogs who have been maimed by one of these devices.”

McCormack was determined to rescue the pup, though he initially didn’t realize how much effort that would take. Google Maps told him that he could just drive up the mountain, but when he got there, there was no road to drive on.

This would be a long, tough six-hour hike, the likes of which McCormack had never gone on before. He contacted his buddy, Ross Tweedie, who owns a trekking company, for assistance.

It’s 4 AM and we’ve managed to get to the top of the stairs. That’s 1.3 km of steep stairs in 55 minutes. Now for the 2 km of steep zig-zag trail. Here we go!

Posted by Seán McCormack on Monday, March 19, 2018