"The dog ate it but the sedative did not take effect so the remaining seven tablets were used in the same way.
"As a final resort the dog was tasered, before being loaded into a van and taken to a vet to be looked over. The animal is in good health."
At least the poor damned animal didn't get shot.
I think the phrase 'rude good health' could accurately be applied to an animal which didn't succumb to drugging. I am reminded of the time (at least a decade ago) when a colleague came in one morning and reported how she and her partner had hit a Rottie that had dashed out in front of their car on the A10 the night before. When they had stopped to deal with the incident, the animal had bounced up and started after their car. They decided that discretion was the better part of valour, and that the animal obviously was in no need of assistance, and sped away.
Also, for the cranky editors amongst us: A Taser gun has been used to help capture a stray Rottweiler that attacked two motorists after sedatives failed to subdue the dog. Now, did it attack the motorists before or after the sedatives?