Freezing dog trapped up mountain for two weeks finally rescued by kind hikers

A golden retriever was rescued by two hikers after running off from her owner and getting lost up a snowy mountain for two weeks.

Neesha, the eight-year-old dog, was found cold and weak and could not bark or stand when couple Jean-Francois Bonnet and Ciara Nolan were out for a hike on Lugnaquilla, close to where they live in Co Wicklow, on Saturday.

They spotted the freezing canine near the summit of the Wicklow Mountains.

Rescue footage posted on the couple's TikTok account shows Jean-Francois wrapping clothes around Neesha's body and strapping her onto his backpack.

They trek for 10km down the hill and bring Neesha to their house where they feed and warm her up.

Jean-Francois and Ciara called to Ash Animal Rescue centre and managed to contact dog owner Erina Serge O'Shea Goetelen.

After a heartfelt reunion, Neesha was then taken to a vet to treat some cuts she had on her legs from the rocks and was prescribed antibiotics.

Speaking on East Coast FM, Jean-Francois recalled the moment and said they found Neesha "curling up against a rock".

He added: "She was petrified and freezing cold. She didn’t even have the energy to bark or stand.

"We tried to get her to walk but she couldn’t stand so we covered her in our spare clothes. We gave her some food.

"Ciara put her on my back, and we started going down the mountain, but it was very icy and rocky, so we fell a few times."

The two of them walked for about four to five hours to get back to the road.

Dog owner Erina, who also appeared on the programme, explained that the family had taken their two dogs on a walk to the hills two weeks ago.

"They were let off the leash so they could have a bit of freedom, roll around in the snow and explore," she continued.

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  • "They were heading back down, and they said they should put them back on the lead. But a deer popped out and the two of them (dogs) bolted after the deer."

    They lost sight of the pets and couldn't find them when they headed home.

    They returned to the hiking trail the next day only to find the other dog Harley, but not Neesha.

    When Erina learned out the discovery, she said: "We were just so, so happy. They were just absolutely amazing. We can’t thank them enough."

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