Friday, October 19, 2012

This Dog Should Be Named Lazarus

Wow, this is some sick stuff... and, in the end, a miracle worthy of the Bible.

The story is out of France. ABC News reports:
A Jack Russell terrier has survived after being poisoned and buried alive — and he can thank the man who saw the ground wiggle.

Ethan came back to life on his third birthday after someone tried to kill him. He had a whole chain of saviors: the man who dug him up, the firefighters who rushed him off and a veterinarian who nursed him back to life.

Sabrina Zamora, president of an animal association in Charleville-Mezieres, 200 kilometers (125 miles) northeast of Paris, said Friday the little white dog with a black ear was "flat as a pancake" when he was dug up from his grave Tuesday near a lakeside pedestrian path.

"It's extraordinary. We only see this in TV movies," said veterinarian Philippe Michon. "He came back to life and without a scratch. It's rather miraculous."

The vet said when firemen brought the dirt-covered terrier to his office "he was completely cold, he was barely breathing."

Michon used hot water bottles to warm up Ethan's seemingly lifeless body. The dog was so cold his veins had collapsed and it was hard to find one to hydrate him but within 24 hours the dog was back on his feet.

According to the veterinarian and Zamora, a man walking by just happened to see the ground moving — an apparent result of convulsions from the dog's poisoning. The man then got a shovel and dug the dog up.

Ethan was identified through a microchip that showed all this happened on his third birthday.

His owner says he had given the dog away but police are investigating, Zamora said.

"(Ethan) had an unbelievable chain of luck," Michon said. "If the ground hadn't trembled, no one would have taken a shovel to it."


seeker said...

Well, we know these dogs are tough but this is amazing. Hopefully he'll go to a good home now and not have to deal with such treatment anymore.
Debi and the TX JRTs

PBurns said...

The owner of this dog needs to be prosecuted. It's time to get the psychopaths off the street.

seeker said...

The hard part is proving it. I'd like to have whoever did this whipped by the local magistrate then run the streets being stoned by the citizenry. But experience in rescue makes me realistic about civilized law. The most they usually get is a fine and some months on probation. I'd love to hear what actually happens in this case because it was in France.
Debi and the TX JRTs

boct said...

Awesome ending..ahh, the tenacity of a terrier in a new perspective. Things that will survive Armageddon..rats, cockroaches and TERRIERS.

OT said...

People who horrid stuff like this to animals shouldn't be tolerated by their fellow citizens. If we made sure these monsters never knew another moment's respect or peace among their fellows, it might do some good in time. I don't think the legal system works, period.