A veterinarian initiated the euthanasia protocols to kill a dog no one was willing to adopt, administered a double dose lethal injection, and left the clinic, leaving the dog for dead in its pen.
But the next morning, much to the astonishment of the Ozark, Alabama, animal shelter workers, the brown and black mixed breed was standing up. One rescue worker retrieved the dog and named him Lazarus, as in the Bible story of the man Jesus raised from the dead.
What makes this survival story more remarkable is that this same dog was hit by a car a month earlier and his left rear foot pad was scraped off.
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Apparently, Lazarus maneuvered his way to another pen to drink some water. Perhaps he instinctively knew how to dilute down some of the lethal injection. Or maybe the needle partially entered the area below the skin and not fully into the dog’s vein, but either way, he survived.
Today Lazarus is in a loving home in Helena with his new foster mother, Jane Holston, who had his leg put in a cast for what appears to be a full healing soon.
Jane says the dog is fearless and is not bothered by loud sounds or people or anything, even after all he has been through.
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Perhaps we humans could learn a lesson from Lazarus the dog, and bounce back from the trials and tribulations we experience in our own lives.
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