A healthy dog “put down” by cruel owners managed to dig himself out of his forest grave – and walk to a roadside to beg for help.
The seven-year-old German Shepherd named Kiryusha was spotted by kind motorist Olga Lystseva, 39, on a main road in northern Russia.
Olga passed the poor dog walking slowly in the rain along the road, but the sight of the animal haunted her.
She turned her car around and drove back nine miles to rescue the dog, by now lying wet and exhausted on the roadside.
Dog-lover Olga found some food for the hungry animal and put him on the back seat of her car.
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Kiryusha slept all the way to the city of Ukhta, a 93 mile journey, where she then handed him to a dog rescue service called Kind City.
The rescue service then publicised pictures of the forlorn animal and found out through messages that the dog came from the town of Yemva.
The owners were found, and admitted to injecting the dog with a drug intended to kill him as they claimed he was "unhealthy" and needed to be "put down".
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The canine's paw was still shaved where they had injected him with what they intended as a lethal dose.
Then the unnamed couple had buried him at a remote spot close to the Ukhta-Syktyvkar motorway.
They “apologised” for their “mistake” in burying the dog alive, said the animal shelter.
But tests by a vet found the animal had no serious medical problems and was healthy other than suffering rom hunger and exposure.
Ekaterina Nimak, from the rescue service, said: “Thanks to Olga, Kiryusha has begun a new life.
“In the shelter, he is very calm.
“He walks on a leash, does not rush anywhere, rarely conflicts with other dogs and does not bark.
“He is good-natured with people.”
A new report from a local Russian TV station says Kiryusha is now fostered by a local family in a loving home.
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