ST. LOUIS -- The Humane Society of Missouri hopes a puppy that was dragged behind a pickup last Wednesday will recover. It’s seeking donations to pay for the veterinary care for Trooper, a pit bull. It’s also offering a reward for information about whoever caused the dog’s horrific injuries.
The Humane Society says the 5-month-old puppy was tied to the back of the pickup and dragged for more than a mile down Interstate 55 in St. Louis. The driver, unaware Trooper was tethered to his vehicle, pulled over in confusion as motorists honked and shouted at him.
Trooper was rushed to the Humane Society of Missouri for emergency veterinary care. He suffered terrible cuts and scrapes to most of his body, some so deep his shoulder bone is exposed. He was also in shock and is very thin.
After days of around-the-clock care and monitoring, Trooper's condition is upgraded from critical to guarded. Despite his extensive injuries, he is eating and even gave kisses to his caretakers.
Veterinarians hope for a full recovery but say Trooper’s wounds will take many weeks to heal. He will need medications to ease his pain and prevent infection.
Anyone wanting to donate to the HSM for Trooper’s care can do so at its website.
The Humane Society of Missouri’s Animal Cruelty Task Force offers a $2,500 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person(s) responsible for tying Trooper to the pickup. Tips can be made by calling its Animal Cruelty Hotline at (314) 647-4400.