A mixed-breed dog in an Alabama shelter pulled off an incredible feat of survival recently. The people now fostering the strong-willed pup have named him Lazarus, and for good reason.
On September 10th, Lazarus was scheduled to be euthanized. He’d been in a shelter for weeks after being hit by a car in a terrible accident, and no prospective owners had come forward to adopt him.
Animal Control officer Wanda Snell watched as a veterinarian injected a toxic cocktail of chemicals into the dog’s body. Lazarus flinched for a moment before lying motionless on the floor. Workers at the shelter were scheduled to dispose of his body the next day.
When Snell and others arrived at the shelter the next morning, they were greeted with a shocking sight. There, standing by a water bowl, was Lazarus. Somehow, he survived the injection.
“His body overcame and he had a will to live and somehow, someway he made it through,” shelter volunteer Cortney Blankenship told the Associated Press.
Shelter officials are certain the shot was administered to the dog. Snell saw it with her own eyes and others at the shelter note that Lazarus was “wobbly” and unstable for several days afterwards. Those after effects have since worn off, but it’s clear that a shot was indeed injected into the dog’s body.
Upon hearing of Lazarus’s incredible story, a rescue organization came forward and adopted the dog. He now lives with a foster home in Alabama, where he freely runs around and plays with another canine friend at the house.
Lazarus is being treated at the home for a bad case of heartworms. His foot remains in a cast from when he was struck by a car, but he is expected to fully recover from both ailments soon. His foster owner, Jane Holston, says you would never guess that anything traumatic ever happened to the fun-spirited dog.
“He’s not skittish, he’s not afraid of anything, anybody, any sounds. I mean, it’s just amazing what all he has been through,” Holston said.
Source: Associated Press