Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Miracle dog Daniel the beagle up for adoption after surviving 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.

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. more