A Snohomish County sheriff’s deputy found this starving German shepherd wandering around Gold Bar. (Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office)

A Snohomish County sheriff’s deputy found this starving German shepherd wandering around Gold Bar. (Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office)

Deputy, truckers and a sandwich save a dog in the snowstorm

A Snohomish County sheriff’s deputy saw a German shepherd, sick and starving, near Gold Bar.

GOLD BAR — He wasn’t sure how to explain it, but as sheriff’s deputy Ron Doersch was finishing up a routine patrol over the weekend in Index, he thought to himself he should go back to Gold Bar.

He didn’t normally take the route along Reiter Road, according to a recounting from the Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office. He followed his instinct.

Then, sure enough, through the heavy snowfall, Doersch could see an emaciated German shepherd running through the woods alongside the road. She was sick and starving.

Bones showed through her skin. She was mangy, missing fur and had scratches.

A Snohomish County sheriff’s deputy found this starving German shepherd wandering around Gold Bar. (Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office)

A Snohomish County sheriff’s deputy found this starving German shepherd wandering around Gold Bar. (Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office)

Doersch tried calling to the dog, but there was no response. Workers with Buck Thoms Trucking Company, who had been hauling logs nearby, joined the effort. They had seen the dog around, they said, but weren’t sure where she had come from.

One of the workers produced a sandwich. The German shepherd took the bait, and they were able to get her into Doersch’s patrol car.

An animal control officer took the dog to Pilchuck Veterinary Hospital in Snohomish for treatment.

Zachariah Bryan: 425-339-3431; zbryan@heraldnet.com. Twitter: @zachariahtb.

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