Euthanized Puppy Comes Back from Dead, Needs New Home

An Oklahoma puppy that was euthanized, declared dead by a vet, and left in a dumpster has made a miraculous recovery, and will soon be available for adoption.

Abandoned outside a dog shelter in Sulphur, Okla., “Wall-e” (named for the lovable movie character who was the last of his kind) and his litter mates were seriously ill when they were found, so a vet at the shelter made the decision to euthanize them. After being pronounced dead, the bodies of the puppies were discarded in the shelter’s dumpster.

The next morning, animal control officer Scott Prall took a look inside the dumpster and was amazed to find one puppy was still very much alive. “He was just as healthy as could be,” Prall was quoted as saying.

The shocking discovery prompted local vet Amanda Kloski to take the puppy in temporarily. After The Arbuckle Veterinary clinic examined Wall-E and gave him a clean bill of health, offers to adopt started pouring in, and the clinic said they will start reviewing applications today.

Prall indicated that Wall-e and the others may not have been put to sleep at all if Murray County shelters were not overloaded, noting that the Sulphur and Davis clinics are small and inadequate. Local groups are currently working to raise the funds required to build a new county shelter.


  1. barb says on  03/02/2011 at 3:21 pm

    bloody vets wtf this make sme so angry so pups were sick so all have to be distroyed no checking individuals just oh well kill them all poor pup well he will be just like another one i heard of her name was is miracle and she also survived euthanasia from awack job that was the boss of a shelter an ambassador for all miss treated Doggies

    • barb says on  03/02/2011 at 3:32 pm

      i bet so wher ethe other ones that they disposed off :O( .XO(

    • Nancy says on  04/10/2011 at 10:42 pm

      It’s really scary to think that someone has to make the decision to put to sleep their own dog, with an illness that they are suffering from, with no hopes of living without suffering, cancer you get the idea, and decide euth is the best thing for the furbaby and then after this, wondering how this dog could have been dead, but obviously wasn’t. Did this vet not listen for a heart beat? Was it a gassing facility? Really makes you think

  2. Suzanne says on  03/02/2011 at 3:27 pm

    So Wall-E was so sick he had to be euthanized but when found alive in the dumptser he was “healthy as can be”? So what cured him? I don’t think he was sick at all. It sounds like the shelter vet just didn’t want to be bothered with another litter of pups. Overworked, overcrowded…whatever. All animals deserve the right to live.

    • roselle says on  03/04/2011 at 10:04 am

      I totally agree with you.. “seriously ill”??? he looks healthy in the picture..

    • Al says on  03/08/2011 at 5:30 pm

      It seems like this is a case where the VET should be put down. I’ll bet that it happened alot more there. What gave this so called vet the right to be judge, jury and executioner all at once? Seems she didn’t have the ability to do any. There had better be an investigation into that clinic, and moreso the VET in question.

    • karen eastes says on  03/27/2011 at 12:11 pm

      agree 100% with u they just didnt want to be bothered with the dogs..makes me sick

    • deb says on  05/28/2011 at 10:26 pm

      Well said

  3. David White says on  03/02/2011 at 3:48 pm

    Why are these euthanized babies put in a dumpster. They should be cremated or buried like other bodies. This is an outrage and I think a law should be passed against shelters being allowed to DUMP animals.

    • Jami Garcia says on  03/02/2011 at 5:29 pm


    • Anonymous says on  03/03/2011 at 1:04 am

      well, if we trust on faith i guess was just lucky that he was dump in a dumpster, if they would buried him or cremated him, the history could be diferent Isnr???

    • shadow eagle says on  03/03/2011 at 9:16 am

      i was just about to make the same comment. dump the euth. dogs in the dumpster???? wtf!!! is that a DEP violation?

    • barb says on  03/03/2011 at 12:39 pm

      most vets get them thrown out in garbage as it take stime and money to cremate it cost me 200 CAD to get My Girl Cremated

  4. LoveMyPups says on  03/02/2011 at 4:23 pm

    Hmm…I read an article this morning that said he was euthanized TWICE. They injected him in the leg but it missed the vein so he lived through that one and then they did it again with a heartstick (ugh!!!) and that’s when they pronounced him dead and tossed him in the dumpster. There are so many things that are SO wrong with this story. I hope someone does some digging to find out what’s going on there.

    • LoveMyPups says on  03/02/2011 at 4:25 pm

      PS–Just to clarify…I don’t mean there are issues with what you posted here (I LOVE this site!). I just mean Wall-E’s story in general seems so shady. Hopefully he gets a home soon and someone looks into the practices of the shelter where he is.

  5. robyn armfield says on  03/02/2011 at 4:28 pm

    It was actually very lucky for Wall-e that he wasn’t immediatly cremated or buried, it gives me the cold chills to think of him buried alive. Another poster boy for the No Kill movement, bless him!

    • SSB Pack says on  03/02/2011 at 5:13 pm

      Oh robyn! You are so right! That would have been horrible. I shutter at the thought!

  6. Donna says on  03/02/2011 at 4:52 pm

    omg, Y would They even put a dead in this case not puppy/dog in a dumpster 2 begin with, Don’t they believe in cremation, I sure don’t call this humane
    and people support these societies just 2 stuff like this.

    I’m glad Wall e made it, but what about the rest of the litter?
    I like how They only say the rest of the litter was sick and not even Wall-E included
    Ya I’d say something is wrong with this picture, This person who did this should be fired period.

  7. It is sad that there are soo many unwanted dogs out there but the media post and article about situations like this and hundreds of people show up wanting to adopt the dog…what about the THOUSANDS of deserving dogs that are sitting in shelters needing a forever home? Why not adopt one of them before they get euthanized? It really make no sense to me!

    We have a listing for a senior, Reno, I posted him on my blog. We got several people wanting to adopt him after the listing on Muttville. Here is the key, at the time we had Reno we also had four other senior Dobermans that needed a forever home, but when Reno went to an adopter in Oregon we offered any of the other wonderful seniors we have and they never returned our call. They were no longer interested? What is wrong with people?

    • SSB Pack says on  03/02/2011 at 5:21 pm

      I don’t know what’s wrong with people but, I say we make up outlandish stories, share them with the media, keep the truth quiet and let the people think they are adopting super dogs with some notable story. Maybe then we can get all those deserving dogs a home! If that is what they want, a dog with a survival story, then we’ll give it to them. What do you think? On the other hand, we won’t be making it up because every dog in a shelter has a survival story. We’ll just embellish it in the name of adoption.

      • I am with you SSB Pack! That is what I will do now when I make up the fliers I will embellish their stories a little. Try and pull on the heart strings more than normal. I try to make them seem like happy healthy and well adjusted but I think I am going about it all wrong. I will start with the horrors they endured and see if I can get more responses.

      • You are soooo right. Everytime a story is in the news about a rescued dog people flock to adopt. They even get offers from overseas. PEOPLE wake up every shelter dog has sad history and deserves a forever home.Just because their not in the media doesn’t mean their not deserving. I have 2 rescue dogs that are wonderful .Give these dogs a second chance and they will repay you a hundred times over…

  8. SSB Pack says on  03/02/2011 at 5:27 pm

    This poor little guy should never have been euthanized. There is no excuse for such bad management in a shelter yet, this seems to be a weekly occurrence. I just don’t understand it. Puppies are the easiest to adopt out. These people were just being lazy and heartless. I think if you no longer have the compassion for animals when working too long at a shelter and you have become callous, it is time for you to go! There are more caring people out there to take your place.

  9. The point that media always overlooks is, where were all those people who are now clamoring to adopt this puppy before he was PTD? Everyone’s heart bleeds when they hear these dog in distress stories. But where were their bleeding hearts when he and his siblings were lingering in the shelter on the e-list? Where were they when his family had to be put down due to overcrowding in the shelter? These bleeding hearts all want to play the hero now that this dog is famous but where were they when he was just another disposable animal that no one gave a damn about?

    And yet people go blame the shelter. Put the blame where it really belongs — on the vast majority of society who’d rather sit idly by rather than get off their butts and help these animals. How many of those people now vying to adopt this dog will actual choose to adopt a different dog when they are told they are not the one who will be taking this puppy home. I could probably count them all on my middle finger.

  10. Anne-marie says on  03/02/2011 at 9:48 pm

    Not for nothing but… this is the friggin 3rd case I’ve heard of in the last couple of months about a dog being euthanized and “coming back from the dead.” Makes one wonder just how many animals this happens to and you don’t hear about it. How many are creamated or burried and are aware. Sickens me. This needs to be looked into.

    • Polly says on  05/28/2011 at 9:55 pm

      very disturbing. I wonder the answer to this very question myself. hopefully, it hasn’t been any of mine. :(

  11. Janelle Kinder says on  03/03/2011 at 3:21 am

    Does anyone know if he’s been adopted? I would love to have him! Any idea who to get hold of to find out?

  12. Human Being says on  03/03/2011 at 4:47 am

    Animal’s do not have to be euthanized. There are plenty of people that will adopt them. With all of the social websites and the internet in general, a home could be found for any animal. Unfortunately, some people choose to work in animal shelter’s, nursing homes and hostpital’s because they are sadistic. Crazy, but it is a reality. And, it is about time that the problem is addressed.

    Read more: Coast News Group – Euthanized puppy found alive in dumpster

  13. How many others have been in this situation and were buried or burnt animal should have to die this way.

  14. colette says on  03/03/2011 at 9:09 am

    He’s a cutie and Im so happy he will find a forever home.

  15. This is a wonderful story but if this puppy wasn’t sick odds are the others weren’t either. Maybe this vet should examine animals before giving them a death sentence. Not so sure i’d want him for my animals

    • barb says on  03/03/2011 at 12:45 pm

      AMEN!!!!!!!!!!!! DONNA but then it would require sum brains to think of checking animals to make sure they r ok or need euthanization it would cost money to feed them coz they were skin and bones theyd prolly need special food to bring them back from starvation and there is such an over population of unwanted animals that have no homes and sit in shelters for months sometimes years coz no one wants them

  16. barb says on  03/03/2011 at 12:48 pm

    they did a similar thing to pups coz their momma was sick they assumed they allw ere sick in stead of checking them so the chief of that humane society ordered them euthanized one pup survived so the shelter worker went to the chief and the chief still told the worker to euthanize her the shelter worker said no way nursed her to health and now she is in a home being loved her name is MIRACLE the reason she survived was becoz the idiot used too little drug to stop her heart

  17. barb says on  03/03/2011 at 6:15 pm
  18. Jennifer says on  03/04/2011 at 9:49 am

    This makes me mad. The puppies were all sick so they were euthanized. But, one was found to be alive after euthanized and to have a good bill of health. What about the others that were euthanized. They were probally okay just didn’t want to bother with them. So sad for them. So glad, this little guy made it. I am sure he was scared. After, being with his deceased brothers and sisters all night in the garbage bin.

    • Hazel says on  03/07/2011 at 7:25 pm

      This is what is happening all over this country! There are 1000’s of HEALTHY puppies and DOGS being KILLED everyday! As I rescue from these types of POUNDS,I have seen so much it makes me sick.Most people go about there day and never stop to think what happened to that sweet pup I saw at the pound.Well let me tell you,most of them are pull in a metel box with a lot of other puppies and dogs,the door is closed and the GAS turned on.SLOWLY THEY DIE,CRYING OUT IN PAIN.The puppies go slower then the big dogs as they breath in less gas at one time.Others are stuck in the heart!
      When is this country going to STOP THIS HORRIBLE TREATMENT OF HEATHY ANIMALS???????

  19. Cierra says on  03/05/2011 at 1:38 pm

    HOW IGNORANT OF A SHEALTER, how could they do such a wrong and evil thing? puppys should be cured no matter how sick

    • Donna says on  03/05/2011 at 3:20 pm

      Exsacally My point, Amen 2 that.

      This is what I wrote from Pawshpal

      it is the shelters fault They R the one who instantly killed the litter & without a blood test I bet, They R 2 blame just as much as it is the idiot who dropped Them off.

      They were only pups which usually go first over an adult so ya.

      If They R 2 small and or don’t have the funds then They should just close down and get someone else who is actually willing and caring.

      And then a dumpster like omg don’t They believe in cremation.
      They can sure make Us pay for 1.

      U sure wouldn’t do that 2 a human being, so Y an animal?
      They have a heart and soul 2 including feelings, don’t They 2 bleed the same as Us? YES

      If anyone else was 2 do that They’d be fined and or jailed 4 sure Sheesh.
      Nice System this world is.

  20. Linda says on  05/28/2011 at 9:43 pm

    I am happy this little guy has another chance at life, Yay. But, why are euthanized animals not being fully euthanized? That’s horrible to consider.

  21. Wow miracles and it is not even Easter!

  22. Lovely story!!!! May this puppy have a happy life in his new home!!!

  23. Wonderful News!!!

  24. Maria says on  05/28/2011 at 9:45 pm

    :D))) <3

  25. Louanne says on  05/28/2011 at 9:45 pm

    Yeah <3

  26. Laurie says on  05/28/2011 at 9:45 pm

    woo hoo!!!

  27. Aww, how sweet.

  28. This is GREAT!!

  29. Polly says on  05/28/2011 at 9:49 pm

    While I understand the decision to euthanize a dog–I simply cannot understand how a veterinarian can make a mistake such as this. You’re trained to be able to tell the difference between dead and alive—-and you should damn well be absolutely certain before you make such a declaration! If it’s possible with a pet—could we find grandpa lying in the dumpster one day, dazed and confused because some moron declared him dead and threw him away?
    Yes…….WE COULD. So, is this how bad the education has become in america? Or was this vet someone trained elsewhere and here on a visa?

  30. Jennifer says on  05/28/2011 at 9:52 pm

    Thank you family. Have a great life. Dog bless you.

  31. AWESOME .!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  32. Fantastic!!! Great news for a sweet little guy.

  33. Y just dump a ‘dead’ puppy on a dumpster?that’s horrible!glad he’s given another chance,

  34. Xan says on  05/28/2011 at 9:54 pm

    Probably a very good sign the family wishes to remain anonymous. Love happy endings!

  35. Pamela says on  05/28/2011 at 9:54 pm

    It is good that he was adopted and has a chance at a happy life. And will be loved.

  36. Jessica says on  05/28/2011 at 9:57 pm

    Ive heard of this happening before in shelters where their method of euthasia is a gas chamber. They take the dog out to the trash, assuming its dead, and then someone comes by and rescues the dog. Its really sad. Its one of the reasons why we need to not have those types of methods available anymore.

  37. Increidable

  38. Geez, I’ve been thinking about this wee one. THANK YOU so much for the update! GREAT NEWS!

  39. If anyone wanders what a miracle is… I’d say this is definitelly one! Miracle that the dog “came back from the dead”, miracle that kid souls were there to help him, miracle that doggie now has a wonderful & loving care taker. Definitelly a miracle- Amén!

  40. Yeah I want to go to that vet… what an idiot..!

  41. Nice that he has a chance at life but very odd that he was the only one not sick? I doubt that the others were sick either and were just disposed of. Thrown in a dumpster, this would be considered a health issue where i live without refridgeration. Good luck pup.

  42. His license should be revoked immed….. did u read about a dog being shot in the head and was buried alive. it made it out alive!oh merci!


  44. Cheryl says on  05/28/2011 at 10:17 pm

    If anyone deserves a chance at a long and happy life with a loving family, it sure is this little one. Best of luck to him in his second life!


  46. Sandra Scruggs says on  06/07/2011 at 11:09 pm

    What about the dogs waiting on death row now? Or the ones who have already died? Why does it take some drastic event to get offers for adoption pouring in. Glad so many want to adopt this puppy now that he has survived but where are the applications for the dogs just sitting there feeling alone and un loved and forgotten?

  47. Anonymous says on  09/23/2011 at 3:11 am

    A dumpster? Heh, and here we cringe in horror at the thought of people getting dumped in a ditch after being put to death. We do it on a regular basis!

  48. Danielle says on  03/03/2012 at 12:19 pm

    Wall-E needs the best!!! I wish him a very long and happy life
    with his futur loving family!!!

    Danielle from Montreal, Canada.

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