MENANDS, N.Y. – The story of the “Railroad Puppies” continues to inspire, this time, it was good enough to get a $25,000 grant for the shelter that helped save their lives.
Hudson, one of the dogs rescued from the tracks, was at the Mohawk-Hudson Humane Society Thursday, when the shelter was presented with a $25,000 grant from the Petco Foundation.
The Humane Society submitted the story of the Railroad Puppies to the Petco Foundation's grant program, which awarded $500,000 nationwide to help shelters adopt out pets for the holidays.
There were 4,500 entries and the Railroad Puppies story was in the Top Eight, something Petco Foundation representatives say the community should be proud of.
On September 8, 2012, three puppies were 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 with their owners.
Hudson was fitted with his first prosthetic paw in November 2012 and received his fifth prosthetic paw in October of this year.
Anthony Walker, 31, of Albany, pleaded guilty in connection to the abuse of the “Railroad Puppies” and a separate animal abuse case in which the animals were deemed, “U-Haul Dogs.”
Walker was sentenced to five years of felony probation and no longer allowed to possess or reside with animals. In August he was sentenced to six months in prison, but because he had already served eight months, he was released.
On August 21, NEWS10 ABC discovered Walker was living with a dog – his mother's dog “Bella” – despite the ban on owning pets. A judge allowed Walker to live with Bella, including a handwritten court order as an “exception.”