BALLWIN, Mo. – He was shot, beaten and left for dead but Trooper the dog has defied the odds and is on the road to recovery. Since the yellow lab was found in a ditch back in February in St. Francois County, thousands of people have been following Trooper's journey.

Trooper is getting hydrotherapy six days a week at Healing Paws Rehab in Ballwin. He spends 30 minutes walking on an underwater treadmill.

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"The progress has been amazing, it has been very amazing. He impresses me every time I see him," said Wendy Miskill with Healing Paws Rehab.

Twice a week, Trooper visits Town and Country Veterinary Hospital where he receives acupuncture and laser therapy.

"He's made huge strides and has progressed beyond what any of us expected," said Dr. Kelley Molitor.

The foster rescue group Missouri K9 Friends said when they first found Trooper in a ditch, they didn't think he would live.

In less than two months, the dog who couldn't stand, is able to walk. Trooper still drags his back-right leg. His medical team is hopeful for a full recovery.

If you would like to follow Trooper's journey or donate to help with medical costs, visit Missouri K9 Friends' website by clicking here