HAMILTON, OH (FOX19) - A 17-year-old faces charges after authorities say he abandoned a puppy animal rescuers are calling a miracle after the animal was hit by a train in Hamilton but survived.
“Trooper” lost both hind legs and an eye when he was struck March 13, according to the Butler County Sheriff’s Office.
The 17-year-old admitted to abandoning Trooper and his sibling at a park in Lindenwald around 10:30 p.m. the same day the puppy was struck, Sheriff Richard Jones said.
“If the juvenile would have just taken the dogs to the shelter, Trooper may not be injured today," the sheriff said Monday. “I am sure Trooper will find a great forever home but his limited quality of life could have been prevented if this individual made a better decision.”
The teen was charged with cruelty and abandoning animals.
Trooper’s sibling was located in the neighboring city of Fairfield.
Though Trooper is just starting down the road to rehabilitation, a veterinarian, Dr. Marlo Perich with the Care Center is hopeful that he will find a forever home that will work well with his special needs.
“He’s probably not a candidate for prosthetics. We did look into that as a potential option," Perich said. "He’s not going to have legs to walk on. A lot of those dogs can have a really great life just being in a (wheelchair).”
The humane society is accepting donations to help cover the cost of Trooper’s medical care. If you would like to donate, you can learn more through the society’s website.