Utah Cat Survives Two Euthanasia Attempts
October 19, 2011 by UPI - United Press International, Inc.
WEST VALLEY, Utah, Oct. 18 (UPI) — A cat that survived two euthanasia attempts in West Valley, Utah, is in need of a permanent home, animal shelter officials say.
Andrea, a black cat with white paws, was brought to the West Valley City animal shelter by police because she was a stray, The Salt Lake Tribune reported.
She was kept at the shelter for 30 days before being put on a death list after no one adopted her.
Andrea was placed in the shelter’s carbon monoxide gas chamber Thursday to be euthanized. When shelter employees pulled her out of the chamber, she still showed signs of life, so she was put back in.
When pulled out a second time, employees put her in a plastic bag in a cooler.
“There were no vitals and for whatever reason as time went on the cat came back to life,” said Aaron Crim, West Valley City director of public relations, who added the workers followed proper procedures.
After finding the cat alive in the plastic bag, workers decided against trying to kill her again.
“It was just one of those things where they thought this cat obviously really wants to live,” Crim said. “Let’s give it a chance to find a permanent home.”
Janita Coombs of Syracuse, a volunteer with the Community Animal Welfare Society, said the cat is now staying at her home while she looks for a permanent home for Andrea.
“When we first got her, she had some difficulty walking,” said Coombs. “When they found her hypothermic in the freezer she had vomited and defecated on herself, but she has since seemed to recover quite well. … If you just look at her, she looks perfectly healthy.”