A beagle mix was put into a gas chamber and survived.
It didn't happen 50 years ago, it happened on Ocotober 3, 2011 and it happened in Alabama.
On that fateful day, 18 dogs were put into a gas chamber.
When the animal control officer opened the door, all of them were dead.
A little 20 lb beagle mix walked out of the door with his tail wagging. This pup is a true miracle. Here is an excerpt from the email we received about him, "He weighs about 20 lbs. He is doing fine! No after effects of the gas chamber!!! HW [Heartworm] negative!!!!!! Whoo Hoo!!! He has a small spot of Demodex [skin Infection] that they are treating and they put him on antibiotics for an upper respiratory infection [gotten at] the shelter. We will have him altered next week after he completes his antibiotics. His caretaker says he is the sweetest dog! He just wants to be near you and be loved. Walked out of the gas chamber when they opened the door. All of the other dogs were dead! ...and he stood there WAGGING his tail! He needs a furever, loving family that will never throw him away again! He is special and has been touched by the grace of God! He is a miracle dog!"
Since that day, Daniel has gone from gas chamber survivor to celebrity dog! His story has circled the globe and has been in newspapers and on TV and radio shows worldwide. For all his celebrity status Daniel is just a typical dog...He has stolen pajamas, swiped sandwiches and chewed something inappropriate from time to time. He also has an innocence that is endearing and a joy that is contagious. We received hundreds of applications from people wanting to adopt him and with so much interest we were able to find a perfect situation for him. He was adopted to a wonderful family and is doing excellent! While we are thrilled that we are able to help him andgive him a second chance at life, we are terribly saddened to think about the other dogs that did not make it out of the chamber alive that day. When Eleventh Hour offered to take Daniel we felt that he was spared for a reason and we dared to dream that his story would help homeless animals everywhere be treated more humanely. We also dared to dream that a caring and responsive public would adopt another one of our rescued dogs or perhaps volunteer to help us or their local shelter/rescue. Shortly after hearing Daniel's story, Senator Dinniman of Pa. introduced a bill he dubbed Daniel's law to ban gassing in the state of Pa. Thank you Senator for helping to make our dreams come true. We pray that we as a nation of compassionate and caring human beings will find a way to not only ban the use of gas chambers as a method of euthanasia but also find a more enlightened approach to managing our companion animal over population problem. It is criminal that wonderful, loving animals just like Daniel are killed every day in this country. If we refuse to use euthanasia as a tool to manage our pet problem then we will be forced to find a different and hopefully more humane way to deal with this problem. October 3rd, moments after Daniel walked out of the gas chamber.
October 12, an excerpt from an e-mail about Daniel.
Here are better pics of Daniel. He is more than precious. The Demodex is drying up nicely with the
antibiotics and skin vitamins. He goes tomorrow for bath and dip and then Fri for neuter and I will have his teeth cleaned as well.
The front ones are clean but there is some tartar on the back ones. He is PERFECT on a leash.
He minds very well. He is just a big kisser!!
October 26, with a safe landing and tail waging meeting his foster mom for the first time...
For more information on Daniel's story, links to his press appearances,
and to follow his mission to institute bans on the use of gas chambers across this country