UPDATE 10/27/11: Check out the video (left) of Daniel arriving in New Jersey yesterday.
Eleventh Hour Rescue in Rockaway, New Jersey will be welcoming a 20-pound Beagle named Daniel into their care next week.
Daniel, who is about five years old, is very lucky to be alive today. He survived a gas chamber that was meant to take his life.
Euthanizing dogs in a gas chamber is cruel and inhumane but is still legal and used in some states.
Carbon monoxide is pumped into a chamber filled with dogs or cats. They cry out of fear, lose their bowel function, and choke on their own vomit, all while struggling to escape from an inevitable death.
Earlier this month in Florence, Alabama, where this practice is still used, 18 dogs were placed into one of these chambers. When the process was over, all but one had succumbed to a horrific death.
Amazingly, Daniel survived his ordeal and walked out wagging his tail when they opened the door.
He was wrapped in blankets and put in isolation, and everyone hoped that the residual effects of the gas didn’t kill him.
The following morning, they were thrilled to see Daniel still wagging his tail, and the vet, who was naturally shocked, reported that he had sustained no damage.
It’s nothing short of a miracle, and obviously Daniel was not meant to die on October 3rd. He will live on and hopefully enjoy the best life has to offer him. To find a great home with a loving family that will show him every day for many long years that he was destined to be a part of their lives.
Such a happy ending for one, but we are sad for the 17 in Alabama (and countless others) that didn’t make it out and won’t be getting the chance of a better life. Run free at the Bridge, little ones. Daniel will live on for you.
Gas chambers need to be banned for this use in every state. This inhumane practice must be stopped.
Many thanks to Eleventh Hour Rescue, who once again is stepping up to help an animal in need. We know Daniel will be in the best of hands from here on.
For anyone who is interested, we will update any adoption information for Daniel when it becomes available.
Join his Facebook fan page Daniel EHR to follow his progress, and join They call me Daniel.
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