Miracle Dog in Alabama: Daniel the Beagle Survives Gas Chamber, Hundreds Now Want to Adopt Him (video)
Posted By Vicki McClure Davidson on November 1, 2011
It can only be described as a miracle. Daniel, a Beagle mix, survived being euthanized in a gas chamber in an Alabama animal shelter last month.
He has captured the hearts of many who now want to adopt this good-natured, loving animal who defied the odds, who cheated death.
Dog Miraculously Survived Gas Chamber
While not entirely a “feel good story,” there is definitely something heartwarming, and awe-inspiring, about a 5-year-old miracle pooch named Daniel who waltzed right out of an Alabama gas chamber, tail wagging, after a failed euthanasia attempt.
The dog, described as a Beagle but more closely resembling a hound-mix, was sent to the chamber with 18 other dogs at an animal shelter on October 3. When the animal control officer returned to the locked chamber and opened it, he found Daniel happily wagging his tail while the other dogs lay dead.
The control officer said he didn’t have the heart to put the pup back into the chamber, mainly because he believed Daniel survived for a reason, proving his life must have a bigger purpose.
Now, hundreds of people touched by the story are vying to adopt Daniel and make sure he is never sent back to the kill-shelter.
Miracle Dog Daniel Survives Alabama Gas Chamber
It’s a happy ending that wasn’t supposed to happen for a big eared, doe-eyed beagle.
Now, the dog that was found as a stray in Alabama and defied death, is searching for a new home.
Three weeks ago, the beagle was euthanized along with 18 other dogs at an overcrowded animal shelter in Florence, Ala., on Oct. 3.
But to the shock of everyone he somehow survived.
When the animal control officer in charge of the operation returned to the locked chamber he found the dog waiting at the door, wagging its tail. The other dogs were dead.
His amazing survival has attracted several charitable groups to come to his aid to make sure he isn’t sent back into the gas chamber. He found a temporary home in Tennessee with Karen Rudolph, who runs Schnauzer Savers Rescue of West Tennessee with her husband Michael.
Rudolph dubbed him Daniel, inspired by the biblical story of Daniel, who walked out of a lion’s den unscathed. Eleventh Hour Rescue, which brought Daniel to New Jersey with the help of Pilots and Paws, gave the dog the last name Milagro, which means miracle in Spanish.
When Rudolph took Daniel Milagro to see her veterinarian, he received a clean bill of health.
“Amazingly, not only did he survive the gas chamber which is very rare … he was not sick,” Rudolph said. “It was almost as though angels pulled him out of there and he didn’t even breathe the gas.”
At 20 pounds, Daniel is underweight and his immune system is slightly compromised, but otherwise he is in good health, Eleventh Hour Rescue president Linda Schiller said. Schiller’s group is trying to find a home for Daniel.
The beagle is now staying with Eleventh Hour volunteer Jill Pavlik until the organization finds an appropriate home for him.
The animal-control officer loaded the dogs, one by one, into the death chamber. Four or five were facing their final moments of life as Cody Berry did what he had to do.
‘It’s the toughest part of the job,’ said Berry, who has spent the last five months working for the Animal Control Department in Florence, Alabama.
Berry turned the key and pressed a button. A light came on, and carbon monoxide seeped into the chamber.
Unnamed and unwanted, the young beagle mix was left anonymously in a drop box outside an Alabama pound. His life was supposed to end in a gas chamber.
Instead, the young stray emerged frightened but unscathed, wagging his tail. Now, he’s being hailed as a miracle dog, given the name Daniel after the biblical figure who survived the lion’s den.
And he has a fresh start in New Jersey, where a rescue group hopes to find him a good home.
Only three animals have survived the gas chamber at the Animal Control facility in Florence in the past 12 years.
‘Maybe God just had a better plan for this one,’ said city spokesman Phil Stevenson.
Variables that could allow a dog to survive such a gassing include the number of animals placed in the chamber, the concentration of carbon monoxide, whether the chamber is airtight or gas is leaking out and the health of the animal, said Julie Morris, senior vice president of community outreach for the ASPCA.
Young, healthy animals have the best chance for survival.
Since carbon monoxide is heavier than air, it sinks, so a tall dog, or one that climbed to the top of a pile, would have a better chance of surviving, she said.