Dog saved from euthanasia dies after cancer diagnosis

AP News
Posted: Jan 27, 2015 3:54 PM

KANAB, Utah (AP) — A Utah animal sanctuary says a dog that escaped death in Indiana — a result of an ultimatum in the will of its late owner — has died.

Best Friends Animal Society said Tuesday in a statement posted to its blog that it euthanized the dog named Bela after tests revealed fast-growing cancer in the dog's lungs.

The sanctuary rescued the 105-pound German shepherd after owner Connie Ley of Aurora, Indiana, died in November. Her will dictated the dog be sent to Best Friends or be euthanized, cremated and mixed in with her ashes. Ley worried the dog was too aggressive and might pose a danger to others.

Best Friends says it will cremate Bela and send the ashes to Indiana to be interred with its late owner.