The “miracle dog” who survived an Alabama gas chamber has prompted a state law in Pennsylvania making it a crime for animals to be euthanized in a carbon dioxide gas chamber.
Through the efforts of Sen. Andy Dinniman, Daniel’s Law was passed today.
The law was named after Daniel the beagle (www.danielthebeagle.com). Daniel was one of 17 stray dogs who were put into the gas chamber in Florence, Ala. on Oct.3. Carbon monoxide was pumped into the chamber. When the door was opened, Daniel walked out.
Daniel was adopted by New Jersey dog trainer Joseph Dwyer, and has embarked on a trail of animal advocacy that has taken him from the Statehouse to animal rights rallies to the Anderson Cooper TV show.
“Today is a victory for thousands of animals in Pennsylvania, but there are more than 30 states that still permit the gas chamber and other inhumane forms of animal euthanasia,” said Dwyer.
Washington state is one of 34 states that still allow the gas chamber. A listing of states that have banned this form of animal euthanasia, as well as those who still allow it, is available at www.danielthebeagle.com
Daniel is the pet sibling of Shelby, a formerly abused pit bull who works as a therapy dog at several New Jersey hospices and community organizations in addition to promoting anti-bullying efforts. Daniel and Shelby live with three other pet siblings in addition to the Dwyer family of four.