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Local puppy that can’t walk and pigeon that can’t fly are capturing hearts around the world

Lundy the chihuahua and Herman the pigeon. Photo: The Mia Foundation. Lundy the chihuahua and Herman the pigeon.

Raven Brown
Updated: February 17, 2020 07:28 PM
Created: February 17, 2020 05:36 PM

HILTON, N.Y. (WHEC) — It started with a photo posted on Facebook. Now, an unlikely local duo is getting media inquiries from around the world.

“This guy here has touched the hearts of millions of people,” Gary Rogers of The Mia Foundation said. 

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Lundy, an eight-week-old Chihuahua, and Herman, the pigeon, have been having some fun being roommates at The Mia Foundation in Hilton for more than a month.

“Unbelievable that a simple, cute picture would go this crazy,” Sue Rogers said. 

Gary and Sue Rogers run the non-profit that helps animals with special needs and birth defects.

Sue said Herman was brought in more than a year ago as a permanent resident, unable to fly most likely due to West Nile Virus or a brain injury. Lundy arrived six weeks ago from North Carolina with special needs unable to walk with his back legs. 

"Thursday night I took Herman out of his playpen to give him some time out and I put him in a dog bed and then I had to tend to Lundy so I put Lundy in with him,” Sue said. “They just looked really cute together so I took some pictures and posted them to Facebook and the next morning it was crazy.”

The post captured the hearts of millions around the world.

“Just from a simple picture of a pigeon and a puppy being shared, we've already brought in over $6,000 in donations,” Sue said. 

Going viral with more than 6 million views, 42,000 shares and nearly 19,000 comments and likes.

“We had requests to share our videos from Mexico, Italy, the UK, Russia and China,” Sue said. 

Sharing a lesson that no matter the species or ability, true friendship can form at any moment.

“I think the world needs good stories and when you have two species that basically fall in love, it can only touch hearts," Sue said.

The non-profit runs solely on donations and volunteers. If you’re interested in donating or volunteering, click here.

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