ALBANY, N.Y. (NEWS10) – A three-month-old puppy left for dead is now thriving in his new home thanks to the kindness of an Albany officer.
Three-month-old Jack is happy, lovable, and alive because of Albany Police Officer Jon-David Hill.
“He’s great,” Hill said. “He’s just a ball of love.”
On Halloween night, two women walked into the police station. One of them was cradling an injured puppy.
“He was quivering; he was afraid; he didn’t know what was going on,” Hill said. “And they told us – myself and my partner who was at the desk – that they found the dog on Central Avenue surrounded by a group of people. When they asked the people what happened, they said they had seen somebody toss the dog from a moving car.”
The puppy was left to die, and animal control couldn’t help the Pit bull/Great Dane mix.
“[He] had a lot of swelling on his right front paw,” Hill explained. “They said they would probably have to put him down due to the severity of the injury.”
But Officer Hill had an instant bond with the puppy, who he named Jack in the spirit of Halloween, and he wasn’t going to give up so quickly. He took the dog to the Capital District Veterinary Referral Hospital in Latham where he learned amputation was the only option.
“Repairing it so that the dog would not be chronically lame for the rest of his life was not an option, so the best thing for the dog was to simply remove the leg so he could be pain free,” Dr. Paul Howard said. “Dogs on three legs get around quite well.”
Jack’s medical bills are nearing $4,000. But two weeks later, he is recovering nicely at his new home thanks to the man who gave him a second chance.
“I just thought it was unfair,” Hill said. “He is 3-months-old. He didn’t have a chance. I just wanted to give him that chance. I didn’t want him to be put down. I thought he deserved to live.”
The Albany Police Animal Abuse Unit is investigating Jack’s case. Meanwhile, almost 200 people have donated to a GoFundMe page dedicated to covering his skyrocketing medical bills.