Abused Pit Bull Gets New Leg, New Life

Can you imagine what it would be like to not have the use of your arms or legs? Now think about an animal that’s lost a paw – even worse, as a result of abuse.

Meet Hudson: he’s a 3-month-old pit bull that was found malnourished, beaten and left for dead on railroad tracks in Albany, New York. He was one of three puppies found that fateful day in September.

Hudson’s back paw was so badly injured that it had to be amputated. (His sister, Pearl, lost two toes and the third puppy sadly didn’t make it.) But on Monday, Hudson received a new chance at life from a vet who fitted him with a prosthetic paw. He can now run, jump, and play like any normal pup.

We love that Hudson’s story had a happy ending. Animal abuse makes us sick and tragically pit bull-type dogs are the most common victims. Get the facts:

  1. Based on media reports, the Humane Society of the United States found that 64.5 percent of animal abuse cases involved dogs.
    • 18 percent involved cats.
    • 25 percent involved other animals.
  2. The Humane Society estimates that 1 million animals are abused or killed in connection with domestic violence every year.
  3. All U.S. states have animal cruelty laws and 47 of them treat some forms of abuse as felonies.
  4. One study found that 70 percent of animal abusers also had records for other crimes.
  5. Neglect is not giving an animal the right food, water, shelter, or vet care. An animal can die from neglect because their misery goes on for so long.

Check out these tips on how to report animal cruelty. GO