Miracle’ survived a terrifying fall from a second-floor balcony and is set to embark on a new journey as a veteran’s service dog after months in foster care.
A video of a young German Shepherd being tossed from a Daytona Beach balcony went viral last December, and she’s returned with good news: she’s been adopted and will soon begin her new life as a service dog for a war veteran. Following the event, a court found that the dog’s prior owner, Allison Murphy, is unable to care for her and approved a petition for rehoming. Murphy has been charged with a felony and will be unable to possess animals for the next five years.
Volusia County police were called to a Daytona Beach hotel in December 2020 following complaints of a lady standing on a second-floor balcony and threatening to jump. Befor the sheriffs Arrived, Murphy scooped up the dog and hurled her over the balcony. The dog miraculously regained her feet and fled. Onlookers grabbed her and took her to a nearby animal hospital for treatment. She managed to escape with minor injuries, giving her the nickname “Miracle.”
Miracle has been in the care of a foster family since December. As a young registered service dog, she still has a lot of love and support to offer, and Animal Services has found her a new home with a war veteran in need of an assistance animal. Service dogs may aid veterans with injuries and physical limitations with duties such as opening doors, controlling switches, fetching goods, and barking for assistance. They also provide emotional and consolation to veterans who have PTSD or other mental health concerns as a consequence of their service.
In a statement made by Volusia County, Animal Services Director Adam Leath congratulated all who contributed to Miracle’s happy ending, saying, “We’re delighted that working with our law enforcement partners, we were able to intervene and protect Miracle from any more damage.”
Animal Services and law enforcement organizations around the county continue to work together to provide aid and resources to both our four-legged and two-legged pets.”