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Stray cat cheats euthanasia - twice

Published 04/01/2012 | 03:28

Janita Coombs plays with her cat Andrea after the animal survived two attempts to put her to sleep (AP)
Janita Coombs plays with her cat Andrea after the animal survived two attempts to put her to sleep (AP)

A stray cat in the US who survived two trips to an animal rescue centre gas chamber now has a new home.

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Officials at West Valley City's animal shelter in Utah say Andrea the cat had not been adopted for 30 days so employees took the decision to put her so sleep. But she survived, and they tried again.

Shelter officials detected no vital signs and presumed she was dead after the second try, so they put her in a plastic bag in a cooler. But when they checked the bag, they saw she was ill - but was still alive.

The shelter then decided to stop trying to euthanise her.

"It was just one of those things where they thought this cat obviously really wants to live," West Valley City spokesman Aaron Crim told the Salt Lake Tribune. "Let's give it a chance to find a permanent home."

The newspaper reported that the cat has since been adopted and shelter chiefs are investigating why the gassing failed.

"She's pretty tough, obviously," Janita Coombs, a volunteer with the Community Animal Welfare Society who agreed to take care of Andrea told The Tribune.

"She's definitely got some will to live."

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