'Miracle Dog' Survives Gas Chamber

Now Daniel is up for adoption in New Jersey

By John Johnson,  Newser Staff

Posted Oct 27, 2011 6:38 PM CDT
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(Newser) – Eighteen dogs went into the gas chamber at an Alabama shelter, but when an employee opened the door to collect the bodies, out walked Daniel the beagle, wagging his tail. Now Daniel is being hailed as a "miracle dog" and getting a second chance at a New Jersey shelter called Eleventh Hour Rescue that heard about his story, reports NBC New York.

“It’s a common misconception that they only gas bad or mean dogs,” says a rep at the shelter, where Daniel is up for adoption. "They gas a dog like Daniel, who has a lot of life and is a good dog.” So how did he survive? "It's possible he was able to raise his head above the carbon monoxide, which is heavier than air," explains Daily Intel. "It's also possible that he is an immortal vampire dog who will live until the end of time. We may never know." For more info on the dog (and photos), see the shelter website here.

Meet Daniel.
Meet Daniel.   (Eleventh Hour Rescue)
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