Hudson the Railroad Puppy makes final round of hero vote

Photo: American Humane Association

ALBANY, N.Y. (NEWS10) – A little puppy with a big story is getting some national recognition.

Hudson the Railroad Puppy was one of three puppies who were found abandoned near the railroad tracks in Albany in 2012. He was rescued, rehabbed and fitted with a prosthetic paw.

Now, he is a finalist for the American Humane Association’s Hero Dog Award.

“It still hasn’t sunk in; it’s amazing,” Hudson’s owner Richard Nash said. “We found out we won our category. It was just; it blew me away.”

Hudson has been competing in the American Humane Association Hero Dog Awards. It’s a national competition that each year recognizes “ordinary dogs who do extraordinary things.”

Currently, Hudson has won the Therapy Dog title, and he is now competing against seven other dogs.

“All of these dogs in the awards are great dogs, so it’s just an honor,” Nash said.

Despite what Hudson has been through, Nash said you can’t tell when he visits schools and hospitals during his therapy work.

“He’s doing great,” Nash said. “He’s such a love bug. Alls he wants to do is snuggle; give you kisses. He’s just a dog. He doesn’t know he’s won anything. He’s just here to love on people.”

Hudson and his family now work to spread awareness about animal cruelty.

“It means a lot,” Nash said. “It means we’re doing what we’re out to do. We’re making a difference. We’re changing people’s hearts and minds about not only just dogs in general; pit bulls get a bad rap, and so we’re doing what we can to promote how good, how wonderful pit bulls really are.”

Now the final voting is underway. It reopened on Monday and will stay open until September 7 when the winner of the entire contest will be announced.

“We just can’t thank everybody enough for their support and voting every day,” Nash said. “Please still vote!”

Head to HeroDogAwards.org to vote.

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