Records show the dog arrived at the shelter on Aug. 19 after being dropped off by its owner, who Blankenship said was moving and could no longer care for it. The animal was cut and bloody after being struck by a car and a pad on its left rear foot was missing. Blankenship tried to find a rescue home through social media, but no one stepped up to adopt. So the dog's scheduled date with death arrived on Sept. 10.
The vet arrived late that afternoon to euthanize animals due to be put to sleep. The dog moved a bit when injected, almost as if fighting the drug before it quieted and was still, the next morning, Shelter volunteer saw the dog standing in an outdoor pen linked to the interior kennel. The dog had walked out and helped himself to some water.
The dog's survival could have resulted from an improper dose of the drug used or possibly a vein that dodged the needle tip.
And once Cortney Blankenship posted the story on Facebook, the dog's fortunes changed.
Now Lazarus lives in a family , romps in the grass and plays tug-of-war with housemate Tucker, another rescue dog