ALBANY, N.Y. - The dogs found shivering inside the back of a U-Haul truck, look much different now then when they were found by Colonie police a month ago.
Brad Shear, with the Mohawk Hudson Humane Society says the dogs were in danger of possibly dying when they got taken out of the freezing cold U-Haul.
A female named Neve and a male named Gavin are the two pitbull-mixes who will be up for adoption Wednesday morning, were outside playing Tuesday with no fear of being neglected again.
Neve is a little feisty, and Gavin a little more laid back, but both are ready to go home and start a new chapter of their lives.
Now Shear says they are trying to find the best match for the particular dogs. The adoption process for Neve and Gavin begins at 10 a.m. There will be interviews and a screening process to find the perfect home for the dogs. Shear is asking if you already have dogs at home bring them along to see if Nev and Gavin will get along with your other pets.
The third dog, a male named Archer, was near death when he was removed from the truck,, according to police. Luckily in the last three weeks he has been able to put on 15 pounds, though he's still not ready for adoption.
The fourth dog, a female named Chanel, gave birth to three puppies soon after her arrival at the Humane Society. Those puppies will need to stay with her in a foster home for about two more months before they can be adopted.
Police believe Anthony Walker is the man responsible for leaving the four dogs in the U-Haul.
Investigators say he is also connected to the case of the abused "railroad puppies," found abandoned and with injured paws last September near the railroad tracks in Albany.
Shear says there is another possible connection here between the dogs themselves.
"We believe that two of these dogs are parents to the railroad puppies," he said. The parents of Hudson and Peal are believed to be Gavin and Chanel.
Shear says Archer could be ready for adoption next week and Chanel maybe a few more weeks.
Every dog ready for adoption has been spayed or neutered, vaccinated for rabies, tested for heartworm, de-wormed, and treated with flea and tick preventative. All animals also go home with 30 days of pet insurance and a free bag of Science Diet pet food.
Walker is expected to be back in Colonie town court later this month.
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