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Miracle dog survives being poisoned, then buried alive

A Jack Russell terrier has survived after being poisoned and buried alive.

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

Sabrina Zamora, president of an animal association in Charleville-Mezieres, northeast of Paris, said the dog was "flat as a pancake" when he was dug up near a lakeside pedestrian path.

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

When firemen brought the dirt-covered terrier to his office, Ethan "was completely cold, he was barely breathing".

Michon used hot water bottles to warm up his seemingly lifeless body. The dog was so cold his veins had collapsed, but within 24 hours the dog was back on his feet.

A man walking by just happened to see the ground moving -- possibly from convulsions from the dog's poisoning. He got a shovel and dug the dog up.

Ethan's microchip showed that all this happened on his third birthday. His owner says he gave the dog away: police are investigating.