published Thursday, November 17th, 2011

Dog that survived gassing finds home in New Jersey

Daniel, also known as the Miracle Dog, relaxes on the steps of his new home in Nutley, N.J, Wednesday, Nov. 16, 2011. The beagle mix got his name after it survived an Alabama dog pound gas chamber. Volunteers named the dog "Daniel" after the biblical figure who survived the lion's den. The family received the dog on Nov. 10 from Eleventh Hour Rescue, the organization that took possession of him last month. Dwyer said Daniel has become fast friends with the Nutley family's other four pooches — two dachshunds, a beagle mix and a pit bull mix. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)
Daniel, also known as the Miracle Dog, relaxes on the steps of his new home in Nutley, N.J, Wednesday, Nov. 16, 2011. The beagle mix got his name after it survived an Alabama dog pound gas chamber. Volunteers named the dog "Daniel" after the biblical figure who survived the lion's den. The family received the dog on Nov. 10 from Eleventh Hour Rescue, the organization that took possession of him last month. Dwyer said Daniel has become fast friends with the Nutley family's other four pooches — two dachshunds, a beagle mix and a pit bull mix. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)
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NUTLEY, N.J. — The dog that survived an Alabama dog pound's gas chamber has found a permanent home in New Jersey.

Daniel, a beagle mix named by animal control workers in Alabama after the biblical figure who survived the lion's den, joined four other rescued dogs last Thursday at the home of Joe Dwyer and his family in Nutley, about 10 miles west of New York City.

"He's in extremely good shape, especially in light of what he went through," Dwyer said Wednesday after returning from a trip to the veterinarian. "His attitude is just incredible."

Daniel surprised workers at the Animal Control facility in Florence, Ala., on Oct. 3, the day he was supposed to be put down with several other animals in a stainless-steel box roughly the size of a pickup truck bed that was filled with carbon monoxide.

The dog emerged frightened but unscathed, and was eventually flown to New Jersey by Eleventh Hour Rescue, a nonprofit that saves dogs slated for euthanasia.

The organization received more than 100 requests to adopt Daniel, its president said last month. Dwyer said he and his family had two "meet-and-greets" with Daniel before being approved for adoption.

Dwyer said Daniel has become fast friends with the Nutley family's other four pooches — two dachshunds, a beagle mix and a pit bull mix.

"By Thursday evening they were all lying down together," he said. "It was wonderful to see."

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WONDERFUL story, sad that any animals are put down for no reason. I'm working two jobs and in an apartment now so it wouldn't be far to keep a pet cooped up all day but as soon as I move out I'll be adopting a shelter dog.Can't tell me there's no miracles happening out there!

November 17, 2011 at 9:07 a.m.
littleturtle said...

So, nobody cared about it enough to save it before they tried to kill it, but once it survived a gas chamber it is worthy of living? No dog should be put into a gas chamber. It is a horrible violent death. It amazes me that nobody cares about these animals until some "miracle" happens. The miracle would be people actually spaying/neutering their animals, being responsible for their animals, and loving them as family instead of a disposable thing. So glad Daniel got a second chance at life when so so many others did not.

November 17, 2011 at 9:16 a.m.

@ littleturtle, I agree 200%!

November 17, 2011 at 9:23 a.m.
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