NIAGARA FALLS – Prudy, a 3-year-old yellow Labrador retriever guide dog for the blind, was returned to her grateful master Thursday morning after she was found wandering in the parking lot of a convenience store in downtown Niagara Falls.
A senior official of the West Coast-based organization that trained the dog said Purdy was found by “good Samaritans.”
Karen Woon, a senior official of the Guide Dogs for the Blind, said a blind Niagara Falls man lost track of Prudy after she was apparently shocked by something Tuesday afternoon.
Woon said the man “was incredibly relieved and emotionally overcome and grateful for all the media and social media help he received in recovering his beloved pal.”
Woon said Prudy is suffering from an infection and is resuming use of the antibiotics she had been given to relieve the situation.
The blind Niagara Falls man originally picked up Prudy after both of them received training at the Guide Dogs for the Blind campus in Boring, Ore., about 18 months ago. Woon said her organization, which is headquartered in San Rafael, Calif., across the bay from San Francisco, was founded 72 years ago to help wounded World War II veterans and has expanded and now has some 2,100 active team members in the field nationwide.
Woon said Prudy’s blind pal had contacted local law enforcement agencies, searched Niagara Falls area lost-and-found animal shelters and had fliers posted all around Niagara Falls in his search for the dog.