ST. LOUIS (KMOV) – A five-month-old puppy who was rescued after being tethered to the back of a truck and dragged along Interstate 55 had to have his left leg, according to the Humane Society.
Trooper, a five-and-a-half-month old brown, male pit bull, was found on Wednesday by the driver of the truck. The Humane Society’s Animal Cruelty Task Force responded to a call from St. Louis police and found the dog with severe injuries to his face, ears, shoulder, legs and right side.
The driver of the truck was distraught by the situation and said he did not know the animal or how it got tied to the back of his truck. The dog had a collar and leash, but no ID tag or microchip was found.
After days of treatment at the Humane Society of Missouri Maryland Heights facility and shelter, the Humane Society’s director of Shelter Medicine, Dr. Mark Wright, said he was optimistic about Trooper’s chances for recovery.
“This puppy has experienced severe trauma and horrible injuries and his condition could change quickly,” said Dr. Wright. “However, we are doing everything possible to support his recovery, reduce the chances for 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.”
The Humane Society of Missouri is investigating the incident and is offering a $2,500 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction those responsible. Anyone with information should contact the Humane Society of Missouri Animal Abuse Hot Line at 314-647-4400.