"His body overcame and he had a will to live and somehow, someway he made it through"

A rescue worker who retrieved the roughly 4-year-old male dog after the failed procedure named him “Lazarus” after the man the Bible says Jesus brought back to life.

Snell has another name for that escape artist of a dog. “I call him Houdini,” she said.No one connected with the shelter is exactly sure what happened to prevent Lazarus’ death, and officials declined to release the name of the contract veterinarian who performed the injection.

Shelter volunteer Cortney Blankenship has an idea, however. “His body overcame and he had a will to live and somehow, someway he made it through,” said Blankenship. Jane Holston of Helena is now serving as Lazarus’ foster mother. The dog has been diagnosed with a dangerous case of heart worms but is on medication. And the leg damaged from the car accident is in a cast and on the mend.