The young 20-pound beagle mix is being hailed as a miracle dog, given the name Daniel after the biblical figure who survived the lion’s den. Daniel surprised animal control officials after escaping death in a gas chamber.
Unnamed and unwanted, the young beagle mix was left anonymously in a drop box outside an Alabama pound. After no one claimed the stray dog at a shelter in Florence, Alabama, Daniel and 17 other unadopted pets were sent to the gas chamber. But after few minutes, Daniel was the only pet to miraculously survive, said animal control officer Vincent Grasso of Florence, Alabama.
“Maybe God just had a better plan for this one,”
The animal rescuer group Eleventh Hour Rescue told the Star-Ledger of Newark, who found a home for the puppy that has narrowly escaped death on 3 October, and was adopted by a family of New Jersey.
Reportedly between six and eight million animals are brought to shelters every year, and three to four million of them are euthanized in the gas chambers.
Lets hope that Daniel’s survival will raise awareness of the campaign to stop gassing unadopted pets. Many states have banned gas chambers for euthanizing pets, including Alabama. But that law won’t come into effect until next year…