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Desert Dog Rescue 

An adventure racer training with her dog slips and falls 60 feet from a canyon wall. After 52 hours struggling alone to survive, she turns to her dog to find help.


Maria Awes (supervising writer), Brian Forrest (screenwriter) | 1 more credit »




Episode credited cast:
Julie R. Ølgaard ... Danelle Ballengee (as Julie Olgaard)
Dean Testerman ... Detective Shumway
Stephen Mendel Stephen Mendel ... Bego Gerhart
Mark Hewlett Mark Hewlett ... BC Laprade
Rick Dano ... John Marshal
Amber Strauser Amber Strauser ... Melissa Nerone
Vincent Jerman-Jerosa ... Deputy
Sue Blonsky Sue Blonsky ... Dorothy
Marcia Cope-Hart Marcia Cope-Hart ... Peggy Ballengee
Brian Scott Brian Scott ... Police Officer
Jamie Morris Jamie Morris ... Police Officer
Roger Redford Roger Redford ... Gary Ballengee
Foxy Foxy ... Taz
Fonzy Fonzy ... Taz
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Jeanne Brei Jeanne Brei ... Extra


On Tuesday, December 13, Danelle Ballengee headed out for a seemingly uneventful trail run in Moab. But 56 hours later, she was nowhere to be found. Thankfully, her running partner and dog, Taz, alerted search and rescue members of her whereabouts-a small slab of rock at the bottom of a hidden canyon off the desert's Amasa Back Trail. The four-time Pikes Peak Marathon winner, world-champion adventure racer and six-time, four-sport "U.S. Athlete of the Year" had slipped on an icy patch while scrambling up a rocky section of trail, and fallen to the canyon floor below. She shattered her pelvis, was bleeding internally, and though she tried to crawl to safety, it took her five hours to painfully drag herself a quarter of a mile.

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Documentary | Drama



Release Date:

2 July 2016 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Moab, Utah, USA See more »

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Bad Wilderness Medicine re-enactment
2 July 2016 | by pjoffrion-41663See all my reviews

Tuned in late (90 minutes in) though caught the gist of the situation and found out more online. Deeply moving successful rescue coordination on the part of the courage of Danielle, near inexplicable devotion of Taz, and the persistence of the rescue team. I cringed when the (re-enacted) First Responder reached Danielle and lifted her neck to assist her in getting a drink. I doubt that this is what the actual First Responder did. When mechanism of injury and extent of injury is unknown, a first real step, excluding impending hazards (fire, toxic chemicals, other imminent dangers), is to not move the victim at all in any way, and to 'immobilize' the spinal column. To move the victim as shown in the re-enactment is to risk possibility of paralysis if a spinal injury has previously occurred. ABC does a dis-service to its viewers to permit this degree of slip-shod representation of First Responder care.

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