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August 30, 2006

Tifton - A badly injured cocker spaniel, dropped off at the Albany Humane Society last month, is doing better. In fact, Koko has been adopted and is up and running around again. Sadly, though, we still don't know who abused this little dog so terribly.

When we first introduced you to Koko, seven weeks ago, she was a sad, neglected puppy in very bad shape. "It's just sad that people do that," says Karen Kramer.  Sad that someone would lock Koko in a cage, and drop her off at night at the Humane Society. When workers found Koko the next day, the bone of her right hind leg was completely exposed.  Karen says, "If you can't take care of them, find someone who can."

Those "someones" are Alan and Karen Kramer, who came to Koko through a sad story of their own. Their dog of thirteen years had to be put down the same day Koko was found. "I just think that, since that's the same day that Kuddles got put to sleep that she's just an angel," says Karen. Alan adds, "We like to think that things happen for a reason and we feel like there's a lot of that, because it's bizarre how this thing happened."

And a lot has happened to Koko since she was found. She's gone through several surgeries, and her leg was amputated, but now, she's learned to run again, and can even climb stairs. Her surgery was just a few weeks ago.  Karen says, "Dogs are resilient compared to people. She can just go on and say, 'okay, I don't have a leg, but I'll still run and play and love you.' She's not angry." Rather, happy to have a new, loving home.

Karen says, "She's perfect!" A perfect match to her new family. "If you didn't know better, you'd think they were sisters." And now, Koko and Kosmo Kramer are.

"Koko, come here. She usually comes to me. Koko, hey!" Koko still has a few tricks to learn. But the trickiest part, finding a new home, is already over.

A reward of $2500 is still being offered in this animal abuse case.

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