Puppy dragged behind truck progressing; reward increased to $5k

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  • Trooper doing better.
  • Trooper doing better.

St. Louis, MO (KSDK) - The puppy dragged behind a truck on I-55 last month continues improving and doctors are guardedly optimistic that the pup's right front leg can be saved.

Trooper, a 5½-month-old pit bull, underwent surgery last week to have additional wounds cleaned and closed, the Humane Society of Missouri said. Doctors also assessed the condition of Trooper's leg.

PHOTOS: Puppy dragged behind truck progressing

Dr. Mark Wright, director of shelter medicine for the HSMO, said Trooper is eating and drinking like a normal dog, and is walking on his own several times a day. However, the puppy still faces an additional six to eight weeks for additional treatment and recovery.

Police and the Humane Society of Missouri Animal Cruelty Task Force were dispatched Wednesday, November 21 after a driver on Interstate 55 pulled over and found Trooper tied to the back of his truck.

The driver was very distraught and said he did not know the dog or how it became tied to his vehicle.
Trooper was wearing a collar and leash, but did not have an ID tag or a microchip. He suffered injuries to his face, ears, shoulder, legs and right side.

A reward is being offered for information leading to an arrest in this case. The Humane Society of Missouri doubled the reward to $5,000, thanks to the contribution of an anonymous donor.

Anyone with information on this case or any other instance of animal cruelty is asked to call the HSMO's Animal Cruelty Hotline at 314-647-4400.


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