ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KSDK) - Trooper, the pit bull puppy horribly injured last month after being tied to a truck and dragged down Interstate 55, is doing much better, according to a new video released by the Humane Society of Missouri.
The Humane Society uploaded a video on Trooper's Facebook page, showing the pup, dressed in his yellow onesie, snacking on string cheese and appearing in good health.
Veterinarians say the young pit bull is making a remarkable recovery and he should be available for adoption in January or February.
St. Louis 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.
Trooper required extensive surgery to save his life, but doctors remain optimistic that the dog's right front leg can be saved.
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.
Meanwhile, Trooper penned his own email to supporters thanking them for the well wishes and asking for donations to help cover the costs of his treatment and recovery.