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Dog's rescuers relieved Misty's recovering

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PORTAGE (WKOW) -- Four high school students who rescued an abused dog from a zipped, tent bag and probable death say they're relieved the black lab mix is recovering.

"It was terrible,"  18-year old Portage High senior Carl Klein recalls about he and his three hunting buddies discovering Misty the dog in the bag Jan. 21 near the entrance of the French Creek Wildlife Area north of Portage.  "When I reached out to pet her, and I reached my hand, I felt every single bone in her spine.There are no words to really express it,"  Klein says.

Columbia County Humane Society and Sheriff's officials say Misty appeared malnourished and had bleeding wounds to her head.  Authorities say the wounds were the result of blows from a hammer by her owner, Terri Benson of Pardeeville, who faces criminal charges in connection with the dog's treatment.

Klein, and fellow seniors Cody Auilk, Nathan Carpenter and Ty Tracey had planned to crow hunt, until they noticed there was breath and movement coming from the discarded bag.

"It took us a couple of minutes to get the courage to walk up to it and open it, and when I opened it I didn't see anything at first, then her head popped out,"  Aulik says.

Carpenter, Klein and Tracey visited Misty at the Humane Society Tuesday and were amazed at her progress.

"I almost didn't notice her,"  Klein says.  "She gained three pounds.  She was responsive and social and she was always looking for treats.  She looked a lot better."

The teenagers called for help after discovering Misty at the wildlife area.  They say there was no hesitation once they realized the dog was in distress.

"It comes from the heart,"  Auilk says.  "We wanted to help the dog.  We didn't care what condition it was in.  It wasn't right."

"We wanted to help the dog out in any way we could, not see it suffer,"  Carpenter says.


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