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Tuesday 21 November 2017

Luckiest cat who survived two trips to gas chamber

THIS is one cat who is certainly making the most of her nine lives.

The stray survived two trips to a animal rescue centre gas chamber, and now has a new home.

Officials at West Valley City's animal shelter in Utah say the cat, named Andrea, had been waiting to be adopted for 30 days when employees tried to put her to death in October.

She survived, so they gassed her 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 had vomited and had hypothermia, but was alive.

The shelter then decided to stop trying to kill her.



Tough

"It was just one of those things where they thought this cat obviously really wants to live," West Valley City spokesman Aaron Crim said.

"Let's give it a chance to find a permanent home."

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

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

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

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