Beagle Survives Gas Chamber

Posted on November 1, 2011

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A stray beagle mix that cheated death in an Alabama dog pound’s gas chamber is up for adoption in New Jersey, reports WPTV News.

Volunteers began looking for a new home for the dog known as Daniel, after the animal walked out unscathed from the carbon monoxide administered by the Animal Control Department.

Phil Stevenson, a Florence city spokesman, said Friday that no one is sure why Daniel was the lone survivor. “It may be that his breathing was shallow because of a cold or something. Or maybe God just had a better plan for this one,” Stevenson said.

Stevenson said the gas chamber is a stainless-steel box that’s roughly the size of a pickup truck bed. A computer-controlled pump slowly feeds carbon monoxide into the chamber once it’s sealed, and an operator presses a button.

Three animals have survived the gas chamber in the last 12 years or so, and every effort is made to find new homes for any that do survive, Stevenson said.

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