In Helena, Alabama, Lazarus, the black shepherd mix shelter dog is now romping happily with his foster mother, enjoys rolling in the grass and playing tug-of-war with his housemate reports the latest update by the First Coast News of the dog that refused to die.
This is the dog from Ozark who had not been adopted and euthanized twice by fatal injections, but when the shelter staff arrived the next morning, Lazarus was awake and wagging his tail. In fact, he had let himself out into an area where he could have a refreshing drink of water.
But two attempts at ending his life at the shelter weren’t the dog’s only misadventures. When he originally arrived at the shelter, he had been hit by a car and one of the pads on his back leg had been painfully ripped away. That sure was a lot to happen to any dog from August 19 to September 10 when Animal Control Officer Wanda Snell watched as a veterinarian inserted the needle into Lazarus to end the dog’s life.
No one knows why Lazarus didn’t die, but that’s history and thankfully the four-year-old sweet pooch’s life goes on; maybe a message to all of us how precious life really is… in fact, just ask Lazarus.
Once the dog’s amazing story hit social media, Two-by-Two Animal Rescue’s executive director and founder Sonya King arranged for Lazarus to be transported from Ozark to her Montgomery rescue. From that day, Lazarus, the stray dog that no one wanted, has been living the charmed life.
In fact, Lazarus and Sonya appeared on an episode of “The Doctors” via a Skype interview which will air on October 31 at 2:00 p.m. on NBC.
“It was a very exciting experience and we cannot wait for you all to see the episode! Lazarus was on his best behavior and we even showed them Jean’s puppies at the end of the interview! They got MANY oooooh and awwwwwwwwws,” stated Sonya.
And now as Lazarus lives with Jane Halston of Helena, her family and another foster pooch, Halston states:
“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.”
Lazarus is still facing a life challenge; the dog has a threatening case of heartworms and will be treated until January for the disease, but is expected to recover. His legs is healing while he wears a cast, and when his health is 100%, Lazarus will be neutered and available for adoption.
This time, there will most likely be a line at the door to adopt this miracle dog.
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