When a driver of a truck pulled over Wednesday he was distraught to find a five-month-old pit bull puppy tied to the back. The severely injured puppy has been fighting for his life and is making improvements in his recovery.
As a truck driver was driving down I-55 near St. Louis, he was alerted by another driver who signaled to him that something was wrong. The five month old puppy had been dragged for more than a mile before the driver discovered him. The man was cooperative with police and told them he did not know the animal or how it became tethered to his truck.
The dog, that veterinarians have named Trooper, was rushed to the Humane Society of Missouri for emergency veterinary care. Trooper sustained injuries to his face, ears, shoulder, legs, and right side. Some of the cuts were so deep that his shoulder bone was exposed. In addition to the injuries he sustained from the ordeal he was malnourished. “This puppy has experienced severe trauma and horrible injuries and his condition could change quickly,” said Dr. Wright, the Humane Society’s director of Shelter Medicine. “However, we are doing everything possible to support his recover, reduce the chances of infection and keep him out of pain. The fact that he has survived thus far is amazing. He’s truly living up to his name and is a real Trooper.”
Trooper’s condition has been upgraded from critical to guarded after five days on intensive care. Despite everything he’s been through he is eating and even giving kisses to his caretakers. The shelter is hopeful that Trooper will make a full recovery. Anyone wishing to make a donation to help with Trooper’s care can do so through this link.
The Humane Society of Missouri is offering a $2,500 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person responsible for Trooper’s ordeal. Tips can be called into the Animal Cruelty Hotline at 314-647-4400. “We have received several tips and are fully investigating them,” said vice president of Operations of the Humane Society of Missouri, Debbie Hill.