Injured pup gains strength, wins hearts : Stltoday
What a sweet boy! Im really beginning to hate humans.Injured pup gains strength, wins hearts
Humane Society of MissouriHumane Society of Missouri photo of Trooper taken on Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2012.
17 hours ago • By Kim Bell firstname.lastname@example.org 314-340-8115
Trooper's First Fetch
ST. LOUIS • A pit bull puppy that was dragged down a St. Louis interstate behind a truck last month is doing well and rapidly endearing himself to his rescuers at the Humane Society of Missouri.
“He’s my little buddy,” Debbie Hill, vice president of operations at the Humane Society, said of the dog they’ve named Trooper. “He’s the little buddy of a lot of people here. He has touched people’s hearts.”
About the only area uninjured on his body was his tail and that is wagging nearly non-stop, Hill said.
In an update on the dog’s condition Wednesday, the Humane Society says it is optimistic the dog’s severely injured leg can be saved. Meanwhile, the reward for information that helps authorities find and convict the person who tied the dog to the truck has doubled to $5,000.
The 5 ½-month-old pit bull puppy was dragged behind a truck on Interstate 55 without the driver’s knowledge after the dog’s leash somehow became attached to the trailer hitch of the truck on Nov. 21. The animal was dragged under a trailer pulled by the truck for about a mile, investigators said. The driver didn’t own the dog or know how he became attached to the truck.
The dog had a blue collar, but no microchip or tags.
Trooper underwent surgery last week to clean and further close his wounds. A shoulder and leg were severely injured. Staffers are now more hopeful than they were initially that Trooper’s leg can be saved.
“We’re probably at about a 50-50 chance to save the leg,” Hill said. “If healing stops or he develops some other problems ... you never know.”
Trooper is eating and drinking normally and is walking on his own several times a day but still faces another six to eight weeks of treatment and rehabilitation. His caregivers are most worried about the threat of infection.
As for the reward, the Humane Society of Missouri is working with local police to investigate who tied Trooper to the truck. An anonymous donor kicked in more money to bump the reward to $5,000. The money is for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person responsible. Hill said “we have some leads” about who tied the dog to the truck but she said the investigation continues.
Anyone with information is asked to call the Humane Society’s animal cruelty hotline at 314-647-4400.
Callers have contacted the Humane Society about adopting the dog, but the organization said it must first focus on his health.