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"Railroad puppies" adopted

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Albany/HV: "Railroad puppies" adopted
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It's a happy ending for a sad story. The abused puppies left for dead on railroad tracks in Albany have now been adopted. Our Megan Cruz was there when the new owners came to pick them up.

MENANDS, N.Y. -- MENANDS, N.Y. -- Hudson plants a wet one on one of his new owners. He's one of the railroad puppies rescued back in September.

"Just something about both of them when you saw them on TV and saw pictures," said Schodack resident Richard Nash. "Just fell in love instantly."

And Richard and his wife, Rosemarie, knew it was a love that would last. So when the Mohawk Hudson Humane Society put Hudson up for adoption, Rosemarie sat down at her computer.

"To make him happy, he'd have a wonderful home, we love our animals," she said, describing the gist of the 300 word essay she wrote to the Humane Society.

You see, this wasn't any ordinary adoption. Executive Director Brad Shear explains why.

"We saw as these puppies grew that they have great personalities and healthy and had overcome so much," he said. "We just wanted a family that they were going to be happy."

Hudson and his two siblings had been brought to the Humane Society in the fall. They were found on the railroad tracks at North Pearl Street in Albany. Each was malnourished and had severe injuries to their left rear paws. One died from those injuries, the other two were nursed back to health, despite one having two toes cut off and the other losing his whole paw. The latter was named Hudson, the other, Pearl.

Out of about 30 essays explaining why they should be their owners, Shear says Nash's stood out.

"They really put their heart into it," he said. "It was obvious they cared for these puppies, they've been following their stories and it touched them personally. At the same time, there were some practical matters: Their experience with animals, they have other dogs in their homes."

Similar reasons why the Kittles were chosen for Pearl.

"Just kind of poured out my heart and felt that we could provide her with a forever home and give her lots of love that she needed," said Poestenkill resident Susan Kittle.

Play dates have been planned for the two siblings so they can keep in touch.

Both families eager to give the pups the happy ending they deserve.

"Look at him, just gorgeous," said Rosemarie. "Sweet, even after his traumatic start in life."

"She didn't get a good start, but we'll certainly give her a good finish," said Kittle.

But while Hudson and Pearl have found new homes, the person or people responsible for hurting them has yet to be found. The Albany Police Department is asking anyone with information to call them at 462-8039. There's a $7,000 reward if that information leads to an arrest.

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