Dog hit by car sits up before burial

Dog hit by car sits up before burial
"Scamp" sits with his owner, Reta McKinley of Yelm, Wash. during a visit to the Lacey Animal Clinic on Friday, Dec. 9, 2011 in Lacey,Wash.. (AP Photo/The Olympian, Tony Overman)

YELM, Wash. (AP) — Reta McKinlay thought her grandchildrens' puppy was dead after it escaped through a fence at her home in Yelm and was hit by a car.

Scamp was bleeding.

His eyes were fixed.

He wasn't breathing.

McKinlay told The Olympian her husband wrapped the terrier-Shih Tzu in a blanket Dec. 3 and left it under a wheelbarrow to keep animals away from the body.

She sat down with her 6-year-old twin grandchildren and told them Scamp had gone to heaven.

But when her husband went out to bury the dog the next morning, Scamp was sitting up.

After $3,000 in veterinary bills, McKinlay says they felt confident enough to tell the grandchildren the puppy is alive.

She says Scamp's return is the family's Christmas present.


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