Posted at: 10/13/2013 12:29 AM
| Updated at: 10/13/2013 1:15 AM
By: Steve Flamisch
MENANDS -- One of the puppies found injured and abandoned on the railroad tracks in Albany last fall received a new prosthetic paw Saturday.
Animal Ortho Care, LLC President Derrick Campana drove six hours from Chantilly, Va. to Menands to fit the dog, Hudson, with the new prosthesis. Hudson's left rear paw had to be amputated last year due to the severity of his injury.
"Hudson is doing a really good job," Campana said as he watched Hudson walk on the device. "If we keep working on it, we can see him walk even better, I think, down the road."
A railroad worker found three pit bull mix puppies on the tracks near Broadway and North Pearl St. on September 8, 2012. They were dehydrated, malnourished, and suffering from infection and injury to their paws, authorities said.
One puppy died, while the other two recuperated and were put up for adoption by the Mohawk-Hudson Humane Society. Pearl, who lost two toes, went to the Kittle family. Hudson went to the Nash family.
Hudson received his first prosthesis in November 2012, but he eventually outgrew the device. Dr. Tom Bowersox then contacted Campana, who mailed an initial prosthesis to the family before personally delivering the latest one Saturday. He also took a mold for a new one.
"This is still a work in progress," Bowersox, a veterinary surgeon, told NewsChannel 13. "Hudson just turned one-year-old, so people have been helping him for over 11 months now trying to find the right prosthetic and to make it work for him."
Hudson's owner, Richard Nash, expressed his gratitude to everyone who has worked to make the dog happier and healthier. He reserved special thanks for Campana, who did not charge the family for the prostheses.
"It means a lot to me and my family and I'm sure to Hudson," Nash said. "The outpouring of support and love that people have for him is just amazing."
Anthony Walker, 30, of Albany, was sentenced to six months in jail for abandoning the three puppies on the tracks, and for leaving four other dogs in the back of a cold U-Haul truck in January. They, too, were adopted.
Walker is now out of jail. He is on probation, barred from owning animals.