Miracle Mutt Cheats Death
updated 08/25/2003 AT 01:00 AM EDT
•originally published 08/25/2003 AT 01:00 AM EDT
It's unclear how the 30-lb. mutt escaped his fate, but there are theories. "We think the sedation might have slowed his breathing," lessening his carbon monoxide intake, says animal control manager Rich Stevson. Once out, Cain, who had acquired a reputation for surliness in his weeklong stay at the pound, "gave me a dirty look," says center supervisor Rosemary Ficken, "like he had it out for me."
After monitoring the dog for neurological damage, Ficken turned him over to the Stray Rescue of St. Louis shelter. There, founder Randy Grim renamed him Quentin—after San Quentin, infamous for its gas chamber—and, despite more than 700 adoption offers, decided to keep the dog himself. "He has his own bedroom," says Grim, "and a queen-size bed."