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'Miracle Dog' that survived gas chamber headed to Rose Parade

'Miracle Dog' that survived gas chamber headed to Rose Parade
In this Nov. 16, 2011, file photo, Joe Dwyer, of Nutley, N.J., plays with his new dog Daniel, also known as the Miracle Dog. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez, File)
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NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Things are coming up roses for a scrappy New Jersey beagle who survived a dog pound gas chamber.

Daniel will be among eight shelter dogs riding on a float in the Rose Parade on New Year's Day in Pasadena, Calif.

The 2-year-old beagle mix was 6 months old on Oct. 3, 2011, when he was scheduled to be put down at the animal control facility in Florence, Ala. He was placed with 17 other dogs in a stainless-steel box roughly the size of a pickup truck bed that was filled with carbon monoxide.

Workers at the facility were surprised when he emerged, scared but unscathed, from the chamber. They named him Daniel after the biblical figure who survived the lion's den.

He was adopted by Joe Dwyer of Nutley, N.J., and has been living happily with Dwyer's family and other rescue dogs at their home about 10 miles west of New York City.

Dwyer, a motivational speaker, said Daniel's story of surviving and thriving has prompted laws in 31 states that protect shelter animals against inhumane forms of euthanasia.

Daniel will perform his "high five to keep pets alive" trick and perform with other animal shelter survivors on a parade float sponsored by the Lucy Pet Foundation, which runs mobile spay, neuter and adoption clinics across the country. Daniel has been chosen as the "spokesdog" for the California-based organization, Dwyer added.

"He's definitely one of the most joyous, happy dogs I've ever met in my life," Dwyer said. "I think his positive attitude is why he's survived."

The Rose Parade takes place on New Year's Day in Pasadena, Calif.
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