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Originally published December 18, 2013 at 11:42 AM | Page modified December 20, 2013 at 12:55 AM

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Funds to allow blind subway-fall surviver to keep aging guide dog

Officials say enough donations have been raised to allow a blind man to keep the aging guide dog that jumped onto New York City subway tracks after the man lost consciousness and fell from a station platform.


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NEW YORK —

Officials say enough donations have been raised to allow a blind man to keep the aging guide dog that jumped onto New York City subway tracks after the man lost consciousness and fell from a station platform.

A tearful Cecil Williams said Wednesday that the outpouring of money and good will is a "miracle."

Guiding Eyes for the Blind spokeswoman Michelle Brier said Thursday that "as of right now," Williams plans to keep Orlando as a pet after getting a new working dog early next year.

Brier adds that "it's an emotional time" and the organization will support whatever path he ultimately takes. The family that raised Orlando has said it would be thrilled to take in Orlando if Williams is unable to care for two dogs.



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