Daniel, the dog who survived the gas chamber at a county pound in Alabama has found his new forever home in New Jersey.
Named after the biblical figure who survived the lion’s den, Daniel joined four other rescued dogs at the home of Joe Dwyer and his family in Nutley, about 10 miles outside of New York City.
“He’s in extremely good shape, especially in light of what he went through,” Dwyer said after returning from a trip to the veterinarian. “His attitude is just incredible.”
Daniel had emerged frightened but unscathed from the gas chamber, and was later flown to New Jersey by Eleventh Hour Rescue, a nonprofit that saves dogs slated to be killed.
The organization received more than 100 requests to adopt Daniel, its president said last month. Dwyer said he and his family had two “meet-and-greets” with Daniel before being approved for adoption.
Dwyer said Daniel has become fast friends with the Nutley family’s other four pooches – two dachshunds, a beagle mix and a pit bull mix.
“By Thursday evening they were all lying down together,” he said. “It was wonderful to see.”
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