Daniel the dog survives gas chamber, gets new home

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On October 3, 18 dogs were put into a gas chamber at a shelter in Florence, Alabama. When the gassing was over, one 20-pound beagle mix walked out, tail wagging.

Think of it as a Shadrack, Meschach and Abednago moment.

It’s not unheard of for a dog to survive the gas chamber, but it isn’t common, either. And when it happens, the dog is often given a reprieve. In this case, the dog, now named Daniel, was sent to Eleventh  Hour rescue in New Jersey. According to the New Jersey Star Ledger, Scott Messinger, a volunteer with the group Pilots N Paws, flew Daniel, along with some other dogs headed for rescues in the Northeast, to meet with his foster mom, Jill Pavik.

And this week comes the news that Daniel has a forever home with the Dwyer family in Nutley, NJ.

You can see more indepth video of the story of Daniel on the Star-Ledger website; just click the image.

Not only did Daniel escape death, he’s become the poster child for animal welfare groups fighting to end the use of the gas chamber as a form of euthanasia.

The use of the gas chamber is slated to become illegal in Alabama next year, thanks to “Beckham’s Bill”, a named for a dog who had narrowly escaped death in a Cullman County, AL gas chamber.

According to a story in the Star-Ledger:

The American Veterinary Medical Association, whose guidelines on euthanasia are set to be updated soon, says carbon monoxide is heavier than air so some animals could raise their heads above it. The group says the chambers are acceptable for putting down dogs.

If a dog has to be put down, a more humane method is lethal injection. “If they have to be, then we want them to have a good death, without struggle,” said Patricia Olson, the American Humane Association’s chief veterinary adviser, in the article.

Fortunately, Daniel won’t have to worry about that. He not only survived the gas chamber, but survived it with no after affects. He’s healthy and happy and ready to start his new life.

You can learn more about Eleventh Hour rescue on their website.

You can learn more about Pilots and Paws on their website.

  • http://www.arcadetemple.com/profile/view/421244.html Bertha Malicoat

    Today, I went to the beach front with my kids. I found a sea shell and gave it to my 4 year old daughter and said “You can hear the ocean if you put this to your ear.” She placed the shell to her ear and screamed. There was a hermit crab inside and it pinched her ear. She never wants to go back! LoL I know this is totally off topic but I had to tell someone!

    • Annette

      I know how your daughter feels. When I was young(probably about your daughters age also) we would go to Georgia every summer for 1 week to visit my great Aunt and sight see. 1 time we went to a beach and I found a shell on the beach. My dad shook it said that he didn’t think there was anything in it and I could take it home. Well we got it back to my Aunts house (after an hour drive with this shell on my lap) and she put it in a pan of bleach water to bleach it clean. And to this day I still remember walking in the room and seeing this giant crab crawling out of the pan to get away from the bleach. I screamed bloody murder and my Aunt came running in and started laughing, along with my mom and dad. I ran out of the house and didn’t go back in until supper. I still have the shell to this day and I love Georgia. Give your daughter time and I am sure she will change her mind.
      Those are some of the wonderful days of my childhood that I will never forget.

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