MENANDS, N.Y. – One four-legged Capital Region resident is getting a new prosthetic thanks to Animal Orthocare, LLC.
Hudson, one of the "Railroad Puppies", will be fitted with a new prosthetic paw Saturday at the Mohawk Hudson Humane Society. Dr. Tom Bowersox, a board certified veterinary surgeon who has previously worked with the "railroad puppies" was able to get in contact Derrick Campana of Animal Orthocare in Virginia. Campana will help fit Hudson with his newest, adult size paw Saturday afternoon.
During the fitting, Dr. Bowersox will also be helping Hudson walk and run on the new paw as he continues to make progress on his "good leg." Hudson's owner, Richard Nash will also be there to help his pup.
Nash told NEWS10 ABC "It's a daily struggle. we have to build up his leg because he lost his muscle mass from really not using it. It's really hard for him to climb up stairs."
He also says that it's been a trial and error process with Hudson's prosthetic paw and Saturday was the dog's 8th fitting.
But within moments of switching over to the new procthetic paw, Hudson was up and running for the first time ever.
Nash says he can't wait to see how Hudson does with his new paw as Hudson continues to try and give back to the community as he is being trained to become a registered therapy dog.
Hudson was found on the railroad tracks at North Pearl Street in Albany along with two other pit-bull puppies in September 2012. Hudson and his sister, Pearl, survived although they both sustained injuries.
Hudson lost his back left paw. He was first fitted for a prosthetic in November 2012. Pearl lost her two center toes but has been able to continue without the help of prosthetics. The third puppy found on the railroad had a hole through her paw.
After the puppies were found by a railroad worker, they were brought to the Mohawk Hudson Humane Society in Menands where they were cared for until families adopted Hudson and Pearl almost one year ago.
After word first spread about the "railroad puppies" and the case of animal cruelty, a reward was offered to aid in the arrest of the suspect. Several months after the puppies were found, 31-year-old Anthony Walker was arrested. Police say he abandoned the three pit bull puppies in September and later left several dogs unattended in a U-Haul over the winter.
Walker pleaded guilty in court and was sentenced to six months in Albany County Correctional Facility. Since he had already served eight months, he was able to walk free in August. He also entered into 5 years of felony probation which stated he cannot possess or reside with animals. However, a court order has allowed him to live with his mother who does own a dog.
The Mohawk Hudson Humane Society is the largest animal protection agency in the capital region. They also serve as the SPCA for Albany and Rensselaer Counties.