Puppy's recovery continues as reward offered for abuser's arrest

April 21, 2017 11:12 PM

AMSTERDAM – Police are still hunting for the person who left a puppy abused and paralyzed on the side of the road in Amsterdam in early April. Now a New York agency is offering a reward for information.

Princess is a four-month-old puppy. When police found her, she couldn’t move her back legs. It’s been two weeks, but she’s already made remarkable strides towards recovery.

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“She just found her tail, so she’s realized it’s there and she’s like, “oh, I’m going to try and get that,”” said Gina Kline, Animal Control Officer for the City of Amsterdam. Seeing Princess today, you would never guess that two weeks ago she almost died.

“Her prognosis was dim,” said Kline. Found along the side of the road with a broken elbow and paralysis in her hind legs, things didn’t look good for the little dog. But with care from Amsterdam Animal Control, and the kindness of strangers with equipment and support, Princess has started to recover.

In the almost two weeks since Princess was found by Amsterdam police, she’s already started moving around better and sitting up on her back legs. “We went from she couldn’t do anything to she can push herself around and actually start using that back leg to push herself where she wants to go,” said Kline.

Amsterdam Police say they’re following leads in the case, and the New York State Humane Association has posted a $1,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of whoever abused Princess. The community has stepped up as well, raising over $10,000 for her treatments through a GoFundMe. “It just gives you a little bit more faith in humanity,” said Kline.

“Anything left over that she doesn’t need [from the money raised] will go in a fund and it will sit there until somebody else like her comes along and needs it.”

Kline says that Princess’ story helps her maintain a positive attitude. “You got to do it for the wins because if you let those losses get you, you’ll never get up in the morning. You got to focus on the wins. And she’s definitely one of them. And she hasn’t even made a complete recovery yet.”

Kline says that while Princess is getting a lot of attention, to not forget the hundreds of other animals in shelters who need forever homes. “Give them a home because they might have had her story,” said Kline. “They just might not have had it told or it just might not have been as bad.”


Ben Amey

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