Labrador ‘Leo’ rescued from Mount Olympus; SAR volunteers caution of heat exhaustion

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SALT LAKE COUNTY — Mount Olympus, located along the Salt Lake Valley’s east bench, is a heavily trafficked, strenuous hike. Salt Lake County Sheriff’s Search and Rescue volunteers are frequently called to help distressed hikers in the area.

“Unfortunately, a common call for us is a dehydrated person pretty high up on a trail in the middle of the summer. It’s our busy season for sure,” said Salt Lake County SAR volunteer Stephen Smith. “Last night, that dehydrated person happened to be a Labrador named Leo.”

Leo, a yellow lab, weighs roughly 120 pounds. He and his owner set out to conquer Mount Olympus around 11 a.m. Monday. The hike is roughly eight miles roundtrip, covering more than 4,000 feet in elevation gain. Leo started to become dehydrated as he and his owner reached the saddle just before the summit.

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