When Kristina Clark's cat Ninja fell ill last weekend, the desperate pet-owner would stop at nothing to get him medical attention -- even if that meant trudging over avalanche debris and ultimately winding up in jail.
After the veterinarian in her hometown of Copper Center, Alaska refused to treat Ninja without several hundred dollars down payment -- money that she didn't have -- Kristina reached out to the another vet, 100 miles away in Valdez, who agreed to help without a deposit.
Kristina, along with her friend Donney, then put the sick cat in the car and began to drive. But before they could arrive, the pair was halted by a highway closure; a series of avalanches had made the road impassable and crews were on the scene to move the snow. Naturally, Kristina and Donney parked, wrapped Ninja in a blanket, and started out to finish the rest of the journey on foot.
"We had to do something and that was the only option," Kristina told the Valdez Star.
Kristina and Donney hiked for several miles down the highway, over two avalanche fields. When they encountered workers from the Department of Transportation (DOT) along the way, they were advised to turn around, but with sick Ninja in tow they decided to press on anyways.