'World's saddest dog' faces euthanasia if not adopted

Lana Turner the dog pictured in 2015 (Facebook / Rescue Dogs Match) canada
Lana Turner the dog pictured in 2015 (Facebook / Rescue Dogs Match)

A dog once called the 'saddest in the world' could be facing an equally sad future if she isn't adopted by a new family.

Lana Turner, a Labrador mix, was adopted as a puppy but returned to the Rescue Dogs Match (RDM) shelter in Ontario, Canada, in 2015 when she snapped at her adoptive mother who had her young kids living in the house.

At the time she was returned, dog training company Might Mutts, who had been working with Lana, said she'd started a training regime to fix some of the bad behaviours.

But when she was taken back to the shelter, she refused walks and staff said it seems as if "her world shut down".

Her plight then raised CA$15,000 (NZ$16,000) for the shelter which was used for medical bills and boarding for the animals the organisation helps.

The now two-year-old has been at the shelter ever since, but has been given a deadline of May 20 to find a new home. Her birthday is May 14.

Lana the dog (Facebook / Rescue Dogs Match) canada animal rescue shelter
Lana the dog (Facebook / Rescue Dogs Match)

The shelter says she's "made some improvements but there is still work to be done".

"The best environment for her would be a horse or hobby farm where she can be outside most of the time 'helping' her person with the chores around the property. She loves to be outside no matter what the weather."

The Facebook post says Lana "has a tendency to shut down or become very hesitant" around strangers when she first meets them.

Since the post went up last week, the shelter has received around 5000 emails and adoption offers.

RDM's Brenda Dobranski says there could be a lot at stake if Lana doesn't find a new home in time.

"Unfortunately, euthanasia is an option, but with all the time and support and money that has been offered to Lana, I don't even want to think of it, she told The Dodo.

But she remained positive, telling the BBC: "Third time's a charm".