NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — The guide dog that leaped onto subway tracks after his blind owner lost consciousness and fell off a station platform is assured a loving home after his retirement.
Cecil Williams, who has been recovering at a hospital with Orlando still by his side, had been slated to get another working dog in January or February to replace the 11-year-old black Lab.
His medical benefits will cover a new guide dog, but won’t pay for a non-working dog.
Guiding Eyes, based in Yorktown Heights, provides working dogs for free but cannot cover retired dogs’ expenses.
“Orlando is my best buddy, he’s my pal,” Williams said Wednesday during a news conference at St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital Center. “He takes me everywhere I need to go. He’s a very gentle gentleman.”
When word got out that Williams couldn’t afford to keep the black lab as a pet the donations began pouring in.