Dog that defied odds teaches about pet ownership

FRANKLIN, IN  (AP) - A dog that survived euthanasia as a puppy is serving as an ambassador to school children to teach about responsible pet ownership.

The 3-year-old mastiff-German shepherd mix named Mira visits Johnson County schools to talk about the bond between people and their pets and the importance of spaying and neutering to reduce the number of unwanted animals.

Mira survived a euthanasia attempt at a Rush County shelter when she was a puppy. A shelter worker found her four days later in a freezer that contained the bodies of animals that had been euthanized.

Johnson County Humane Society board president Vicki Palmore tells the Daily Journal that volunteers use Mira to show that pet ownership is a lifetime commitment.

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