Dog Survives Gas Chamber to Shed Light on Inhumane Euthanasia Practice

Target: Rene A. Carlson, President of the American Veterinary Medical Association, and Other Members of the AVMA

Goal: Ban Gas Chambers in Animal Shelters

Daniel, a 5 year-old beagle, is being dubbed the “miracle dog” after doing the seemingly impossible and walking out of a Florence, Alabama, gas chamber alive. On October 3, an animal control officer was greeted by the surprised pup after opening the door to a gas chamber which was set to kill 18 dogs at an overcrowded animal shelter. The animal’s endurance has led many to relate his story to that of the Biblical Daniel who emerged from the lion’s den unscathed.

As if his surviving this were not enough, after being checked out by a veterinarian, Daniel was found to be in good health.  According to Karen Rudolph, who took Daniel in after the ordeal, “Amazingly, not only did he survive the gas chamber which is very rare…he was not sick…It was almost as though angels pulled him out of there and he didn’t even breathe the gas.”

Since then, Daniel has been sought after by many charitable groups and prospective owners who want to adopt the dog.  And while the support is pouring in from all over for this dog, the attention is now being cast upon the controversial method employed to kill groups of animals at one time.

While many states are opposed to this practice, some states, like Alabama, still utilize these chambers—subjecting these animals to a slow and excruciating death by pumping chambers full of carbon monoxide. All the while, the American Veterinary Medical Association deems this process as appropriate.


Dear Ms. Carlson,

The story of Daniel, the young beagle who survived the seemingly impossible by walking out of a gas chamber used for euthanizing animals, has struck the hearts of many across the country. Yet, perhaps, his survival has been necessary in calling  attention to the method of euthanizing groups of animals in gas chambers filled with the poisonous carbon monoxide gas.

For whatever reason a state chooses to kill these animals–be it due to overcrowded animal centers or behavioral problems that make the animals hard to place with owners-utilizing gas chambers is an inhumane way of killing these animals.

Death, for these animals, is not quick, but rather drawn out; it is not painless, but excruciating in a way that no living thing should be subjected to.  Because of this, the American Veterinary Medical Association needs to work in conjunction with the American Humane Society and ban the use of gas chambers in animal shelters.


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  1. No animal, ever, should be subjected to the cruel and horrendous torture of being put to a slow, agonizing and inhumane death in a gas chamber. It makes my blood boil to know this practice is still exists. It is encouraging to know that laws are being enacted to prevent this manner of cruelty to those defenseless creatures, who through no fault of their own become expendable. How we take care of our animals, even those who are unwanted, says a lot about us as compassionate human beings.

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