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Her story defies comprehension: The 14-week-old puppy was stabbed by her owner 11 times and left for dead in a Dumpster – but Taza never gave up. A Texas clinic helped the “loving” dog recover and find a new home.
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The proof was in the Labrador retriever’s X-ray: The 9-year-old swallowed a 7-in. tablespoon that definitely could have killed him. Following a $2,500 surgery, Vincent was able to go home to his owner the next day.
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His owner, skier Dave Galliard, was killed by an avalanche at Montana’s Index Peak, but somehow this tough Welsh corgi survived – and walked back to the hotel where Galliard was staying.
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Like the shellfish he’s named for, this 8-week-old can swim, as owner Frances Leate of Colchester, England, found out when she accidently put him in the washer with her clothes. Scampi was rescued in the knick of time, Leate said. “I think just a minute longer and that would have been it.”
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Staff at a Utah shelter tried to euthanize the unwanted tuxedo cat not once, but twice. “They heard meows coming from the bag she was in,” city spokesman Aaron Crim told PEOPLE. “They opened the bag and there she was – a little bit confused and frightened, and still alive.”
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This dog owes her life to a phone call. A cleaner at a South African school alerted authorities after she saw two men digging a 3-ft. hole and putting a live dog into it. The stray was rescued and placed in the safe care of a nearby clinic that hoped to find her a home.
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Dubbed the “bionic cat,” the 1-year-old feline survived a four-story plunge from owner Karen Toots’s apartment window in England. After a long course of treatments and surgeries, he recovered from severe injuries to his legs, chest and lungs.
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Karen Woolley discovered that her pooch swallowed a family heirloom when she scanned his belly with a metal detector. He was rushed to a vet just in time to have it removed before it would have killed him.
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FROSTY THE CAT
This determined kitty made it out of a deep-freeze alive after two days in -28-degree temps, though he lost both ears and his tail to frostbite.
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EDITH THE DOG
Firefighters had to free then-2-week-old collie-spaniel-mix Edith from her owner’s wine rack, after she got her head stuck in a circular opening. Though she was “very quiet” when found, the pup walked away without injuries.
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JACK THE DOG
Just like Mac, Jack went tumbling down a steep cliff while chasing a rascally rabbit. Rescuers couldn’t get to him immediately the weather was too rough but he was saved a day later, unscathed.