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Cat survives gassing twice; refuses to die

January 5, 2012 12:00:00 AM PST
Shelter employees in West Valley City, Utah, tried to put one stray cat down twice, but the tenacious animal refused to die.

After 30 days at the animal shelter, the cat had not been adopted, so shelter workers put her down using a gas chamber.

When the cat didn't die, workers put her down again. This time she had no vital signs, and her body was placed in a bag and put in a cooler.

A shelter employee later opened the cooler and heard her meowing in the bag. She had vomited on herself and had hypothermia but was alive.

"As soon as they pulled her out of that bag, she started immediately rubbing up against the shelter employee. She was just so grateful to have been saved. She just loves life," said Janita Coombs, who adopted the cat.

The cat now has a new home and is named Andrea.

Meanwhile, there is a push for the shelter to change its euthanasia method to lethal injection, which is considered more humane.

The Associated Press contributed to this story.