ALBANY, N.Y. (NEWS10) — Hudson, one of the two pit bulls known as the railroad puppies, may have had a “ruff” start, but after a three year journey through medical and legal battles he is now in the running for the American Humane Association’s 2015 Hero Dog Award.
WHO IS HUDSON?
In 2012, Hudson and his two siblings were found abandoned and severely abused on railroad tracks in Albany.
Following an investigation, it was determined the person responsible was the same man involved in the U-Haul dogs case. Anthony Walker, of Albany, plead guilty to felony animal cruelty charges in connection to both abuse cases and served eight months in prison.
Hudson and his siblings were treated for severe injuries under the care of the Mohawk Hudson Humane Society. Following surgery to remove one of Hudson’s back paws, it was decided that Hudson was a great candidate for a prosthetic limb.
At just 3-months-old Hudson became one of the first dogs in the state to be fitted with a prosthetic paw.
WHAT HAS HE BEEN UP TO?
After Hudson was adopted, he went through training to become a therapy dog. Now he visits schools, hospitals, adult day care facilities and hospice patients, inspiring them with his story.
Hudson’s message is that just because you’re different, you are still special.
WHAT IS THE AWARD?
The American Humane Association is holding their fifth annual Hero Dog Awards to honor dogs that have overcome adversity and help others. The top dogs will be flown with their owners to California for an awards gala in September, where one will be chosen as the 2015 American Hero Dog.
The winner will receive money towards their sponsored charity. Hudson’s charity of choice? Hand in Paw, an organization that uses therapy dogs like Hudson to combat illiteracy, prevent family and community violence, and strengthen the lives of people with special needs.
VOTE HERE: Voting takes place online until May 15.
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