‘Railroad puppies’ up for adoption

MENANDS, N.Y. – After a tragic beginning to their lives Pittbulls Hudson and Pearl found themselves at the Mohawk and Hudson River Humane Society, now just two months later they're ready for a permanent home.

“When these puppies came in we doubted wether they would survive,” said Brad Shear, Executive Director of the Mohawk and Hudson River Humane Society.

Not only did Pearl and Hudson survive, but they've gained 9 pounds and are healthy enough to get a new home.

“They're certainly resilient dogs. They are fighters. They love everybody, they love other dogs. They're very social,” said Shear.

Shear is hoping their personalities will land them in a good home. The Humane Society is asking that anyone interested in adopting the dogs send an email to the Humane Society about why they would be a good fit for Pearl and Hudson.

“300 words or less before 6 o'clock Monday night to puppies@mohawkhumane.org,” said Shear.

Staff will ultimately pick the winning family. The competition is tight, the Humane Society has already received hundreds of emails and inquiries about the pups. But just not anyone will take Pearl and Hudson home.

“Somewhere were there are people around. They're very friendly and people focused. The kind of home where they are going to get out in the community a little bit and see people,” said Shear.

Caring for them won't be easy. Hudson will be fitted with a prosthetic paw on Monday.

“He'll have at least two maybe three before he becomes a fully grown dog,” said Shear.

Fully grown in a home where what happened to them two months ago will be a distant memory. The Humane Society isn't forgetting. It hopes a $7,000 reward will lead police to whoever did this.

“You know this person is a sick and scary individual, who not only has harmed puppies but has probably hurt people or will hurt people. So for the safety of the community we're hoping anyone who knows anything will still step forward,” said Shear.

Those who would like to like to adopt one or both of the puppies should send an email by 6:00 p.m. on Monday, November 12th to puppies@mohawkhumane.org explaining why (in 300 words or less) they would be the perfect pet-parent.

Albany Police ask that anyone with information about how or who could have hurt the pups call them at 518-462-8039.

Hudson is the puppy missing his back left paw, and will be fitted by Dr. Tom Bowersox at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, November 12th with his new, prosthetic one.

The fitting is the final measure required, before the puppies can go up for adoption.

‘A new home in the Capital Region, close to Dr. Bowersox's Pattersonville office, would be ideal,' said the Mohawk Hudson Humane Society.

Dr. Bowersox has been present in the “railroad puppies” lives since they arrived at the Humane Society on September 8th.

On Saturday, September 8th, railroad workers found three puppies on the railroad tracks at North Pearl Street in Albany. The puppies were found next to the bridge that crosses over North Pearl Street. 

All three puppies had severe injuries to their left rear paws. Pearl had two digits removed from her paw and Hudson's rear left paw was completely removed. The puppies were brought to the Mohawk Hudson Humane Society, where one passed away from her severe condition. 

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