The German Shepherd Dog that Refused to Die: Dog that was "knocked down" with a lethal injection and then buried DIGS itself, then crawls to safety in Russia
- Kiryusha, a seven-year-old German Shepherd, was found on a highway
- 39-year-old motorist Olga Lystseva stopped to rescue the exhausted dog
- The owners claimed the dog was "unhealthy," but tests conducted by a veterinarian found the animal had no serious medical problems other than starving
A healthy dog who received a "lethal injection" and was buried by cruel owners somehow managed to dig out of its forest grave – and went to a roadside to ask for help.
Kiryusha, a seven-year-old German Shepherd, was discovered by the friendly car driver Olga Lystseva  on a motorway in northern Russia.
She passed him and walked slowly down the street in the rain, wet and exhausted, but the sight of the ragged animal haunted her.
Seven-year-old German shepherd Kiryusha was found wet and exhausted on a highway
The dog lover then turned her car around and drove back nine miles to get him.
After this When she found something to eat for him, she put him in the back seat of her car.
Kiryusha slept as far as Ukhta, 150 km away, where she turned him over to a dog rescue service called Kind City.
They started posting pictures of the animal and received messages that it was from the Yemva settlement.
The owners were found and said they had "knocked down" the dog and claimed it was "unhealthy".
Dog lover Olga Lystseva, 39, decided to save him and took him to Kind City to the dog rescue service
They admitted they injected him with a drug that was supposed to kill him and then buried him in a remote location near the Ukhta-Syktyvkar highway.
His paw was still shaved where they'd injected him with a lethal dose.
They "apologized" for their "mistake" in burying the dog alive, the shelter said.
However, tests by a veterinarian showed the animal had no serious medical problems and was healthy other than starvation and exposure.
Ekaterina Nimak from the ambulance service said: “Thanks to Olga, Kiryusha started a new life.
Kiryusha has no medical problems and is now cared for by a local family
& # 39; He's very calm at the shelter.
“He's on a leash, doesn't rush anywhere, rarely contradicts other dogs and doesn't bark.
"He's good-natured with people."
A new report from a local television station says that Kiryusha is now being cared for by a local family in a loving home.