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Seven lives left? Cat survives two attempts to put her down

Animal shelter workers tried to euthanise Andrea the cat twice, then put her body in a fridge – only for her to be found alive.
Jan 5th 2012, 11:55 AM 3,157 17

A STRAY CAT has survived two attempts to put her down by a US animal shelter.

Andrea the cat had not been adopted for 30 days, so officials at a West Valley City shelter put her in a gas chamber in the first attempt to euthanise her in October. She survived, so they gassed her again.

Shelter officials presumed she was dead when they put her in a plastic bag in a cooler. She was later found alive.

Andrea has since been adopted by a local resident, Janita Coombs. But her case has led animal shelter volunteers to try to change the euthanasia procedure to lethal injection.

Volunteers are expected to argue for the change at a city council meeting Tuesday night.

The Salt Lake Tribune reports that shelter officials aren’t sure why the gassing failed.

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