published Wednesday, March 5th, 2014

Man says dog saved his life after snowmobile crash

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    This Monday, March 3, 2014, photo released by the Alaska State Troopers shows trooper Lucas Hegg posing with his dog, Amber, a 2-year-old golden retriever.
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ANCHORAGE, Alaska — A 52-year-old Alaska man says his dog saved his life after a snowmobile crash left him injured in the woods.

The Anchorage Daily News says Otis Orth of Trapper Creek was rescued more than 24 hours after he crashed the snowmobile Sunday in the Matanuska-Susitna Borough.

Orth says his 2-year-old golden retriever, Amber, kept him warmer then he would have been alone. He was injured, unable to move, in temperatures below freezing.

On Monday afternoon, the dog went barking to nearby snowmobilers.

Locals responded, bringing a generator and a hairdryer to keep Orth warm in his wet clothes. Alaska State Troopers were among responders, who transported Orth by helicopter to Providence Alaska Medical Center.

Orth is being treated for an injured neck, dislocated arms and frostbite.

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