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"Railroad Dog" abused last year gets a second chance
MENANDS -- It's been over a year since Hudson and Pearl were found nailed to the train tracks in a heinous case of animal abuse. For Hudson and his owner Richard Nash, it's been an uphill battle.
"He has his daily struggles of getting in and out of cars, up on the couch or in bed so we have to lift him up quite a bit," Nash tells us.
But on saturday, there was a miracle. Hudson, for the first time since is walking on all four legs. That's because Animal Orthocare sent Derrick Campana from Virginia to fit Hudson with his newest prosthetic paw.
Dr. Tom Bowersox has been working with the "railroad puppies" over the past year, and called upon them for help after problems started surfacing with hudson's other "good" leg.
"At times we were like 'were we doing the right thing would it have been better just to amputate' but we're making progress now we're getting a lot closer so it's a lot more difficult process than any of us had anticipated," says Bowersox.
In September of 2012, Hudson was one of two puppies found on the railroad tracks at North Pearl street in Albany with severe injuries to their left rear paws. Hudson and Pearl survived and are in new homes enjoying life. Hudson's owner is staying focused on the positives that came from what's one of the worst cases of animal abuse this area has ever seen.
"I'm more thankful and feel blessed just the outpouring of support and the love people from all over the country and the world have for him, it's an amazing feeling," he tells us.
"The whole, how this all started just makes you sick to your stomach, whether you work with animals or you have any heart or compassion whatsoever. The fact that this person would do that to these two little innocent puppies, it's hard to even put in words how that makes you feel but the positive side of that is just the outpouring of good people that have come to his rescue," Dr. Bowersox says.
In the coming weeks, Hudson will be taking his therapy dog test, hopefully then allowing him to help veterinarians down the road.
As for Pearl we're told she too is doing well.