UPDATE: The Mohawk Hudson Humane Society sadly announced that the smallest of the 3 young pit bull mix puppies who were rescued on Saturday died due to her frail condition and the trauma caused by her injuries.
The puppies have been closely monitored since they arrived on Saturday when they were immediately given lifesaving treatment for malnutrition, dehydration and infections caused by their wounds. The smallest of the recued puppies was given I.V. fluids and additional supportive care since she was not eating or drinking and she seemed to respond to the treatment but then took a sudden downward turn.
The puppy seemed to be doing better but suddenly her heart stopped. The veterinary staff did CPR and her little heart started beating. Then it stopped again and she could not be resuscitated.
ALBANY, N.Y. - Three puppy dogs, all less than one-month-old were turned over to the Mohawk and Hudson River Humane Society Monday with severe injuries to their hind legs after being found on Albany railroad tracks.
The three pit bull mix puppies were discovered on Saturday by a railroad employee on the tracks running between North Pearl Street and Broadway.
Upon arrival at the Humane Society the puppies were immediately assessed and given lifesaving treatment for dehydration and infections caused by their wounds.
"There's no way this was an accident," Brad Shear, Executive Director said. "All three puppies have similar injuries to their left rear paws; one puppy's paw has been completely severed. That just doesn't happen by accident," Shear continued.
According to the Humane Society, one of the puppy's paws appeared to be sawed clean off. The other two puppies had holes going through their paws.
"We theorize that someone nailed their paws to the track, to the wood, and these got loose but we can't really say for sure," said Shear.
At this point there are no suspects in the case. As for the puppies, the Humane Society says they have months of recovery ahead of them, but are all expected to survive.
"It's possible this puppy may end up losing its leg entirely," said Shear, holding up another victim.
The Mohawk Hudson Humane Society would like anyone who may have information about the person who harmed the puppies to call them at 518-434-8128.
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