'He just got up and walked out': Miracle dog Daniel the beagle up for adoption after surviving gas chamber


Beagle: Daniel, who is better known as the 'Miracle Dog', sits still while waiting for a treat in the home of Mark and Jill Pavlik after surviving the gas chamber

The animal-control officer loaded the dogs, one by one, into the death chamber. Four or five were facing their final moments of life as Cody Berry did what he had to do.
'It’s the toughest part of the job,' said Berry, who has spent the last five months working for the Animal Control Department in Florence, Alabama.
Berry turned the key and pressed a button. A light came on, and carbon monoxide seeped into the chamber.

Miracle: Jill Pavlik plays with Daniel moments after arriving home from work. The stray beagle mix cheated death in an Alabama dog pound

Unnamed and unwanted, the young beagle mix was left anonymously in a drop box outside an Alabama pound. His life was supposed to end in a gas chamber.
Instead, the young stray emerged frightened but unscathed, wagging his tail. Now, he's being hailed as a miracle dog, given the name Daniel after the biblical figure who survived the lion's den.
And he has a fresh start in New Jersey, where a rescue group hopes to find him a good home.
Only three animals have survived the gas chamber at the Animal Control facility in Florence in the past 12 years.
'Maybe God just had a better plan for this one,' said city spokesman Phil Stevenson.

New Home: Daniel is being fostered by the Pavlik's while a permanent home is found for him after he walked out unscathed from the carbon monoxide

Daniel's tail never stopped wagging as he stepped off a plane at a New Jersey airport, where he was flown on Wednesday by the nonprofit Eleventh Hour Rescue group and placed with volunteer Jill Pavlik until he can be adopted.
'He's absolutely fabulous,' Ms Pavlik, a hairdresser who works and lives in northern New Jersey, said on Friday.
'He walked in the house like he had always lived there. He's very sweet, happy and outgoing.'
Linda Schiller, the shelter's founder and president, said the facility has already received about 100 applications from people around the country seeking to adopt Daniel.
About half said they weren't interested in adopting another dog if the 20-pound Daniel wasn't available.

Popular: Hundreds of offers have been flooding in to adopt Daniel

'Maybe we'll get a cosmetic surgeon to make all our dogs look like Daniel,' Ms Schiller said jokingly. She added that Daniel, while thin, hadn't shown any residual effects of his ordeal.
No one is sure why Daniel was the lone survivor. 'It may be that his breathing was shallow because of a cold or something,' Mr Stevenson said.
He said the gas chamber is a stainless-steel box roughly the size of a pickup truck bed, and dogs are put into the chamber about seven or eight at a time.

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