Jesus, the Bible tells us, raised Lazarus from the dead. Well, in Alabama, that happened TWICE to a four-year-old dog from a mixed-breed. Subjected to two euthanasia attempts, he simply refused to die. Naturally, the dog was then named Lazarus.
To make the story even more interesting, Lazarus has also survived a car accident which his vets said should have killed him. After all that suffering, rescue organization Ozark City Animal Shelter decided to finally find him a home and rename the canine “Lazarus”.
Documents released by the animal shelter group in Ozark, Alabama, confirm the scheduled appointment for Lazarus to be put down on September 10. According to Two By Two Rescue, which now cares for Lazarus, dogs at the Ozark shelter are put to sleep if they go unadopted for more than a week. Lazarus’s previous owner moved and handed him in, but when no one came forth to adopt him, the dog was scheduled a PTS date. On their Facebook page, the organization explains:
That evening, a vet came to put to sleep the dogs on the list to die. After euthanizing the dogs, he verifies that the heartbeat has ceased. As he checked this particular dog, he heard a faint heartbeat and euthanized him again. He rechecked his heartbeat and signed off on the records that the four-year-old black shepherd mix was dead. When the staff arrived in the morning, to their shock the dog was looking at them. He had even eaten his left over food from the day before. Though scared and wobbly, he was sitting in his cage alive!
Lazarus now lives with one of the heads of Two By Two Rescue and is back to full health and responds affectionately to his new name.
1. Lazarus, four, was given two doses of the lethal injection but was found alive and eating his food.
2. Ozark City Animal Shelter in Alabama signed this document to have him put down on September 10.
3. The black shepherd mix is as energetic as ever, playing in the garden and going on walks.
4. He was one of a ward of dogs who were killed by lethal injection that night, but after two he still lived.
5. His foster owners at Two By Two Rescue in Alabama say he is obedient and house-trained.
6. Two By Two Rescue say Lazarus (left) is now in perfect health and energetically plays around.
7. He was ordered to be put down at Ozark (pictured) because nobody wanted to adopt him after a week.
Source: Facebook page.
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