A dog is getting a second chance at a Utah animal sanctuary a month after escaping a worse fate in Indiana: being euthanized and having its cremated ashes mixed with those of its late owner.

Workers at the Best Friends Animal Society in Kanab say the male German shepherd named Bela still has behavioral issues, but is doing very well and wagging his tail more.

They told KSL (http://bit.ly/1L8XIpO ) they're hoping Bela, who's believed to be 8 or 9 years old, can be adopted someday.

Connie Ley of Aurora, Indiana, who died in November, stipulated in her will that Bela either go to the Utah sanctuary or be euthanized, cremated and mixed with her ashes.

That's because Ley felt the 105-pound dog was aggressive and not safe around strangers.

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Information from: KSL-TV, http://www.ksl.com/