'Miracle' Dog's Custody Awarded To Volusia County


Daytona Beach, FL - A dog who survived being thrown from a second-story motel balcony in Daytona Beach last December is now legally in the custody of Volusia County Animal Services (VCAS).

Miracle, nicknamed by first responders, has been in the care of a foster family. Her story is destined for a happy ending. Animal Services has identified a new home for Miracle, where a military veteran lives and is in need of a service dog.

Her previous owner, Allison Murphy, faces criminal charges of animal cruelty and resisting an officer with violence. Murphy is barred from owning or possessing any animals for five years and ordered to pay $1,127.24 for the cost of the examination and care of Miracle since the dog was seized by authorities. She has been in the Volusia County Jail, being held without bond, since her arrest on December 14, 2021.

“We’re gratified that working with our law enforcement partners, we were able to intervene and protect Miracle from any further harm,” said Volusia County Animal Services Director Adam Leath. “The teamwork between Animal Services and law enforcement around the county continues to be a true community partnership that’s providing help and resources for our four-legged and two-legged companions alike.”

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