An Oregon man and his dog were found alive last Friday five days after their vehicle got stuck in snow, forcing him to eat packets of Taco Bell hot sauce to survive, local police reported.
Jeremy Taylor and his dog, Ally, were located near Wake Butte, Oregon, just after 2 p.m. Friday after he was reported missing on Wednesday, according to Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office.
A snowmobiler found 36-year-old Jeremy of Sunriver, and a search-and-rescue team member who rode to him on a large snow tractor brought him out of the woods, said Sgt. William Bailey.
Taylor, an avid outdoorsman who loves to go off-roading, was last seen getting gas on Feb. 24 in Sunriver.
He told his rescuers he and his dog, Ally, became stuck in deep snow on a U.S. Forest Service road later that same day. He slept in his car and when he awoke Monday, more snow had fallen. He attempted to hike out, but the snow was too deep, so Taylor and Ally returned to his car.
“Jeremy stayed warm over the next four days by periodically starting his vehicle and used a few taco sauce packets he had as food,” the sheriff's office said in a post on Facebook.
The pair were later reunited with relieved family and friends. Taylor wrote on his Facebook page that he and his dog were safe. He also confirmed he survived on hot sauce in response to a friend’s Facebook comment about how he ate three Taco Bell hot sauce packets during the ordeal: “Taco Bell fire sauce saves lives!”
"Thank you everyone, I'm safe my Ally dog is safe. I really appreciate all the help," Taylor wrote on Facebook. Got lucky, lets never do that again. I'll be in touch with everyone soon,"
Taylor and his dog were both in good health when found, authorities said, but they were understandably starving.
Central Oregon has been hammered with snowstorms in recent weeks. Sunriver is a well-known vacation destination about 3 ½ hours east of Portland.