Dog poisoned, buried alive survives ordeal

2012-10-20 09:40

Paris - 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 saviours: 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, 200km northeast of Paris, said on 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."

  • philemon.ndlovu.5 - 2012-10-20 10:12

    Just goes to show, you cannot keep a good dog down.

  • Gatvol Griet - 2012-10-20 10:20

    Hope they fry the culprit

  • gideon.keyser - 2012-10-20 10:31

    if i see something like that happen, i think i will kill that person

      herman.kotze.7 - 2012-10-20 16:20

      I agree, I think I'd take his own shovel to his head and beat the crap out of him.

  • moses.mabhida.52 - 2012-10-20 10:49

    people behave like animals... reason why i prefer animals on humans I guess - our kind has lost the plot long ago - not just in animal cruelty but look at how humans are killing humans, like in Syria 35000 murdered in less then a year. Good on ya Ethan - a survivor like only a Jack Russell could be :)

      syd.harling - 2012-10-20 15:58

      Wrong Moses. People don't behave like animals - they behave like savages. Animals don't do the horrific things people do.

      Nunu - 2012-10-21 09:28

      If we have an invasion of aliens that come with the point of destroying the human race, I'll assist them with their task.

  • smalefane - 2012-10-20 11:09

    Gimme that cute dog.

      jcoetzee1975 - 2012-10-20 11:12

      You take the dog....Give me the fugger that did this.

  • ForeverWP - 2012-10-20 11:19

    I love that Ghandi quote: "The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated." Clearly this f>>>cker deserves to die by being buried alive!! When someone tortures those who cannot defend themselves then they are not powerful but cowardly - a true coward in the highest form! I suggest a list of Cowards and where they live like they do for paedos.

  • shane.hansen.31 - 2012-10-20 11:25

    Makes me angry as jack russels are one of the best breeds out there.why not find him a good home instead of Trina kill him off..

      misstee.langhein - 2012-11-01 14:38

      Ive got my own lil Jack Russel at home!! Real fighters!! Our neighbor tried to poison her once because she used to bark at her dog on the other side of the wall, and she pulled through!! :D Needless to say we moved!! But today she is a happy and healthy lil pup-they truly are amazing dogs and shes my best friend!!

  • shirley.steenkamp - 2012-10-20 11:30

    This is just shocking. Then humans consider themselves to be the most "intellegent" life form???? Id love to get hold of the person who did this!Thanks to the whole team who helped save this defenceless creature!

  • craig.a.salter - 2012-10-20 11:53

    this story brought tears to my eyes. He is such a beautiful doggie and the person that did this clearly never has felt the bind that a person can have with a companion. They are not mere animals they are our gift to life and they love us no matter what we do, we must show the same to them :'(

  • harald.voney - 2012-10-20 12:10

    Kill the ppl responsible...

  • navarrocarly - 2012-10-20 13:12

    Seriously!!!! Whats wrong with humans!!!!!!

  • reine.marais - 2012-10-20 13:45

    And after all of that, the little dog has a wag in his tail the light of love in his eyes. Dogs are the best creatures that God made.

      adri.noble - 2012-10-20 14:30

      You must be married to one?

  • hermann.hanekom - 2012-10-20 14:24

    Who ever did this must be buried alive.

  • LiveYourOwnLife - 2012-10-20 15:55

    Sick, sick, sick bastards, and this is what our children have to look forward to a world filled with filth.

  • mrp721 - 2012-10-20 17:20

    If the owner really gave the dog away he must show them to who and if he cannot then he must be held accountable and be punished severely... Maybe like being poisoned and buried alive - that should do it... It is beyond me how anyone can be so cruel to animals.. @moses.mabhida.52 NO people do not behave like animals, animals behave a hell of a lot better than humans do... And people wonder why I prefer animals to humans...

  • luca.delbianco.3 - 2012-10-21 14:32

    what a bloody world we live in : I have just lost my beloved pet.Believe me it is like to lose a member of your family. RIP my doggie boy.I hope to meet you again when my days on earth are over.

  • misstee.langhein - 2012-11-01 14:33

    Dont know how 'people' could do something like this!! Its sick!! But what a happy ending though!! So happy he made it!! What he has gone through was TERRIBLE, but he stayed strong and pulled through- :D Well done to all the people for their efforts in saving this lil pup!! There are still good people out there it seems!!

  • melinda.botha.75 - 2012-11-01 15:00

    Dear goverment please stop worring about the e-tolls, and all the other ways to make everyone else poor, and start working on ANIMAL Rights, people who hurt and breed animals must go to jail, the unwanted animal land up on the streets with food, love , water and a home

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