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Puppy Nailed to Railroad Track Gets New Paw

Puppy Nailed to Railroad Track Gets New Paw

Things are looking up for a puppy who was found mutilated in Albany, New York: he is getting a new paw.

It appears that someone nailed him and two other three-week-old pit bull puppies to railroad tracks by their left back paws, but they got loose and were found and rescued, according to

All three dogs were treated for infected wounds, malnutrition and dehydration. One of them, Pearl, is missing two toes. Another, the smallest pup, didn’t survive.

The third puppy, Hudson, is missing part of his paw, which may have been sawed off, states. But now he has got himself a custom-made prosthesis, courtesy of Dr. Tom Bowersox at the Mohawk Hudson Humane Society and many compassionate donors.

Hudson whined a bit during the fitting but then quickly adjusted to the prosthesis, “strutting around his pen with his sister, playing tug of war and sitting for a treat,” The Times Union reported.

Raw Story wrote that Dr. Bowersox said, “I can’t believe it. He’s walking on it, he’s sitting on it. I guess what amazes me most is that he hasn’t chewed on it yet.”

The prosthesis is “like a softly lined, flexible cast that snugly slides right over the dog’s stump. There are no toes; just a waterproof rubber sole with bumpy treads for grip. It’s hard on the outside.” Before putting it on, the vet slipped a sock onto Hudson’s leg. Watch a video of the procedure here:

The prosthesis is adjustable, but as Hudson gets bigger he will need two more to grow into. A prosthetic maker in Canada gave the Humane Society a deal on the price and is charging only for the first and last of the three devices. Donations to the Humane Society are paying for the treatment, which Bowersox said “costs just slightly more than it would if Hudson’s entire leg were amputated instead,” while sparing him a life of walking unevenly on his legs and wearing down his joints.

The police do not have a suspect in this case. “We’re still concerned because there’s a scary person out there. The person who did this not only is likely to harm other animals but is very likely to harm people,” Brad Shear, Executive Director at the Mohawk Hudson Humane Society, told Newschannel 13. There is a $7,000 reward “for information leading to an arrest and conviction.” If you have information, please call the Mohawk Hudson Humane Society at 518-434-8128.

But don’t call about adopting Hudson and Pearl — they will soon be spoken for. So many people wanted to adopt them that the Humane Society held an essay contest, with entries due at midnight on November 12th. These puppies will be with new families in no time.


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8:49AM PST on Dec 1, 2013

It's beyond me how cruel and heartless some people are.Good luck to Hudson and Pearl and massive thanks to Dr Bowersox and helpers.

8:39PM PST on Feb 26, 2013

I'm so happy that Hudson and Pearl were rescued, and seeing Hudson sit and walk made me smile. Why such wonderful animals suffered such abuse is beyond me.

8:53AM PST on Jan 7, 2013

Sometimes it's hard to believe how rotten and cruel people can be.

11:37PM PST on Dec 14, 2012

Thank you Dr. Tom Bowersox and ALL of the loving caring donors and helpers "May you all be showered with all the world's blessings." What a way to save and make this little ones life happy. You all have done a wonderful job. " Wishing you all A Merry Christmas and a Very Happy & Prosperous New Year 2013.

11:26PM PST on Dec 14, 2012

This evil blood thirsty person will obviously crave for more blood baths down the road. Get him out of the society ASAP before he brutalizes many more innocent animals and no doubt in my mind there he will target and pray humans too. He is a sick minded phychopath.

10:07AM PST on Dec 12, 2012

So Happy to hear of Hudson's healing :-)

4:41AM PST on Dec 11, 2012

Thank you all for saving these puppies and to all the humane people everywhere.

To those inbred aliens from Uranus that tried to kill these beautiful puppies I have a perfect punishment: We will take away all your little devices; cellphones, cameras, PCs, iPhons/Pads/Pods, flat screeen TVs, players, any electronic devices you have and you will not be allowed to come within 1,000 feet near any of them. You will also be stripped of your citizenship, deported to Arctica (less people there) and the people that raised you will spend any money they earn on helping groups that take care of abandoned and abused animals!

7:28PM PST on Dec 4, 2012

agreeing wiv alll on here. what sick sad bastards did this. whats becomingof this world? They are just doing wot they want to do. Theres no rules or laws. Poor inncocent animals. Makes me sick to my guts. I realy rwaly wud love to ge hold of these idiots that did this and do it to them.. Look at the puppy hes beautiful. so sad. ...

1:55PM PST on Dec 2, 2012

hope the person/people get caught for doing this, glad he and his sister have a happy ending, thanks for sharing

7:16AM PST on Nov 27, 2012

So so happy that the little angel got his new paw! Not sure how anyone could ever hurt an animal like that;hope they find the evil person that did this...

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