Dog that survived gassing headed to Rose Parade (updated)

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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.

In 2011, Daniel emerged unscathed from a container that had been filled with carbon monoxide at an animal control facility in Florence, Ala. He has been living happily ever since with his adopted family in Nutley, N.J.

Daniel will perform tricks with other animal shelter survivors on a parade float sponsored by the Lucy Pet Foundation, which is based in Thousand Oaks, Calif. and runs a mobile spay and neuter clinic.

Daniel's story prompted laws in 31 states that protect shelter animals against inhumane forms of euthanasia.

Among the other dogs to appear on the float is a husky malamute mix accompanied by its owner who won the foundation's "How a Rescue Dog/Cat Changed My Life" contest, where people submitted stories of how a rescue pet changed his or her life, for a chance to ride on the foundation's 2014 float. 

The Lucy Pet Foundation was founded by Joey Herrick, who formerly served as President of Natural Balance Pet Foods. Natural Balance floats have gained attention at the Rose Parade for featuring dogs that skateboard and surf, among other activities. 

With contributions from KPCC's Jessica Hamlin.

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