Daniel, Beagle Rescued From Alabama Gas Chamber, Adopted By New Family In Nutley

NUTLEY, N.J. (CBSNewYork) — It’s a new lease on life and new home for Daniel.

The beagle mix that was dubbed the “miracle dog” after surviving a gas chamber at a dog pound in Alabama has now been adopted by a family in Nutley.

On Oct. 3, Daniel was put into a gas chamber in Florence, Alabama with 17 other stray dogs. Then, carbon monoxide was pumped into the chamber.

But when officials returned later and opened the door, Daniel walked out wagging his tail.

“He was sick, but he was alive,” said Linda Schiller, president of Eleventh Hour Rescue of Rockaway New Jersey.

LISTEN: WCBS 880’s Steve Scott Interviews Joe Dwyer, Daniel’s New Owner

The rescue group heard Daniel’s story and flew him to New Jersey where he has been recovering.

Joe Dwyer and his family adopted Daniel after hearing his incredible story.

“It’s nothing short of a miracle,” Dwyer told 1010 WINS. “Whatever higher power one believes in, God has chosen him to live.”

Dwyer says Daniel’s story will help spread the word about animals in similar situations who have been rescued from kill shelters and are now looking for new, loving homes.

He says Daniel has become a great addition to their family.

“Daniel takes it to another level. He just has an incredibly beautiful disposition that just points him out,” he said. “He’s amazing.”

No one knows exactly how Daniel survived the gas chamber, but Dr. Elizabeth Boggier of Mountainview Veterinary Hospital said it’s possible the pup found an air pocket in the chamber where he was able to sit and stay alive until the door reopened.

Eleventh Hour Rescue is dedicated to saving pooches from death row in high-kill shelters.

For more information about the rescue group, click here.

Please share your thoughts below…

  • Ness

    well said :)

  • mari ippolito

    Joe and his family are wonderful and I know Shelby & Joe’s other dogs will welcome Daniel into this loving home. I look forward to meeting my new “nephew”. Joe was my mentor in training my dog as a therapy dog. Congrats! Mari & MacKenzie

  • Samuel Needleman, MD

    We need go to come down hard on the breeders and pet stores and regulate them until all the unwanted dogs find homes and are not put to death. People should not be allowed to profit from breeding and selling dogs and cats as long as there is “overpopulation” that leads to all this shameful killing.

  • Joan

    I am thrilled that this little guy was saved. My question is if he were an “adoptable” dog why was he about to be euthanized? were there behavior issues? Food aggression, not good with young children? And why didn’t the shelter throw out a wider net to other rescue groups. I hope none of these conditions show up later. I think Joe Dwyer and his family are true angels> I hope everyone lives happily ever after

  • Pam

    ALL RIGHT!!!!!!!!!!!! DANIEL. I am so happy about this. Very special dog there. He has unfinished business, making his new family happy.
    Please people have your pets spay or neutered. I too am for the NO-KILL SHELTERS AND RESCUE GROUPS !!!!!!!!!! Merry Christmas Daniel and family.

  • karen

    welcome to your new life daniel. may you and your new family have much happiness. pats & belly rubs to you. a happy news story for a change.

  • Laura

    People need to be responsible pet owners and spay or neuter. It’s disgusting that poor dogs and cats have to be euthanized. Kudos to no-kill shelters and rescue groups.

  • Sam

    I hope he has a great life with his new family.

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