Incredibly, abandoned dog Wall-E escaped death three times

By People Staff
Updated March 04, 2011 10:53 PM

Death had three chances to take Wall-E, but lost them all, starting on the day the puppy was found.

Last Friday, animal control officer Scott Prall drove up to his shelter in the small town of Sulphur, Okla., and discovered a makeshift cage full of seven 3-month-old puppies. They were scrawny and looked to be in poor health, and Prall knew there was no real chance for them in his already overflowing kennel. He scheduled a euthanization for the puppies, along with two other large dogs, that same night.

Each of the dogs received an injection and all were pronounced dead, except for one puppy whose leg euthanasia failed. He was administered another shot, this time through the heart, and then it seemed his heartbeat had stopped. One by one, the dogs were taken to the Dumpster, which was supposed to be emptied the next morning.

Saturday morning, Prall drove up to feed the other dogs at the shelter and saw that the Dumpster was still full. “I noticed one of the pups was on top of the others,” Prall tells “He evidently heard me drive up, and when I looked in the Dumpster, he was just standing there, looking up at me.”

Prall was mesmerized. The puppy had managed to survive euthanasia (twice), the 30-degree cold, and two heavy dogs getting thrown on top of him. “I guess the Lord was trying to tell that dog he ain’t supposed to die right now,” Prall says. “That’s the thing that floored me.”

Amanda Kloski, a kennel technician who was scheduled to take a few other dogs from Prall’s shelter to Texas that day, was alarmed when she first heard the story. She thought the puppy might be dying slowly as the euthanasia toxins coursed through his body.

“No, he’s just hungry,” Prall told her. “He’s wagging his tail and jumping up and down.”

Kloski took the dog to her veterinary clinic to get him evaluated, and apart from hookworms – for which he has since received treatment – the puppy was fine. Still, he needed to find a home, and if he couldn’t, he would end up back at the shelter, probably on the kill list once more. Kloski put the dog, whom she named Wall-E after the robot from the animated Pixar film, on Petfinder.

From her computer in Pittsburgh, Marcia Machtiger saw the listing. “Oh my God, I have to help this puppy,” she thought to herself. She donated $100 for a week of boarding for Wall-E, and started a ChipIn page to raise funds for the dog. Machtiger, whose late stage Lyme disease keeps her from being physically active, frequently advocates for shelter animals. She posted information about him on her Facebook page, and since then, the e-mails from people wanting to adopt him haven’t stopped.

“I’ve received over 2,000 e-mails,” Machtiger says, including one from Pixar Studios. “I think his unique story engenders this response from the public. The sad thing is, this happens all the time and nobody knows about it.”

Wall-E’s story became so well-known that he and Kloski were invited to New York for an appearance on Good Morning America. After the frenzy, he was ready for a nap.

“He doesn’t know a stranger –he doesn’t care who you are, he loves you,” Kloski says. “Last night, he slept on my chest the entire night and stayed there.”