MSNBC STAFF AND WIRE REPORTS
WASHINGTON, April 23 — In an amazing story of canine survival California-style, a dog named Dosha has shown she has nearly as many lives as the average cat.
DOSHA WAS HIT by a car near her owner’s home on April 15. Next, a police officer shot her in the head to put her out of her misery. Then, presumed dead, she was put in a freezer at an animal control center.
Two hours later, when a veterinarian opened the door to the freezer, she was shocked to find Dosha, a 10-month-old of mixed breeding, standing upright in a plastic orange bag — the equivalent of a human body bag.
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Appearing on national television Wednesday, Dosha seemed in fine spirits apart from the gunshot wound to her head and other injuries sustained from being hit by the car.
“When she first came in we called her miracle girl because we couldn’t believe what she had gone through and was still with us,” said veterinarian Deborah Sally on NBC’s “Today” show.
“She’s doing amazingly well,” added Sally, who said the dog had suffered from hypothermia after being put in the fridge.
The police chief in Clearlake, Calif., defended the officer who shot Dosha. Police Chief Bob Chalk says the officer did nothing wrong when he shot the dog in the head last week. He says the dog had been hit by a car and was in pain.
Police say the dog’s owner may be cited for letting her pet run free. The case remains under investigation by police and Animal Control.