Daniel, a 20-pound beagle mix, survived a euthanasia attempt by the Animal Control Department of Florence, Alabama, and is now in New Jersey, where he is waiting to be adopted. Linda Schiller, the founder of New Jersey-based Eleventh Hour Rescue, describes Daniel’s surviving the gas chamber as “one in a million.”
On October 3, Daniel was among 18 dogs slated for euthanization via carbon monoxide. The practice is banned in some states including New Jersey but is legal in Alabama. The American Humane Association has been lobbying for years to end the procedure, which is more costly than injections; the group prefers adoptions.
After the door of the gas chamber was opened, Daniel simply walked out, to the amazement of all. The American Veterinary Medical Association says that, because carbon monoxide is heavier than air, it’s possible that an animal could raise their head above it. Daniel was then taken to a veterinarian by volunteers, who put out a call to rescue groups around the US. Eleventh Hour Rescue responded and, on Wednesday, Daniel was taken first to Jackson, Tennessee, along with 11 other rescued dogs. Scott Messinger, a volunteer with the group Pilots N Paws, flew the dogs north.
As soon as Daniel was on the ground, his tail started wagging. The dog, about 5 years old, seemed to have affection for everyone who came near him. For now, he’ll stay with Jill Pavlik, a volunteer who fosters animals for Eleventh Hour. He’s likely to be adopted soon, the group said.
But Daniel isn’t going to fade from the limelight, said Roger Keyser, another volunteer.
“This dog has got to have some destiny,” he said.
Eleventh Hour Rescue has more information about Daniel, a dog of destiny and one in a million, for sure.
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