ST. LOUIS (KMOV) – A $5,000 reward is now being offered to find the suspect who tethered a five-month-old puppy to the back of a truck before he was dragged along Interstate 55.
Trooper, a brown, male pit bull, was found on November 21 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.
Trooper has been underoing treatment at the Humane Society of Missouri Maryland Heights facility, and by all accounts has been amazing his caretakers. Following surgery last week to clean and close open wounds, Dr. Mark Wright, director of Shelter Medicine for the Humane Society of Missouri, said he continues to be cautiously optimistic.
“Trooper is eating and drinking normally and he is walking on his own several times a day. Although his right front leg was severely injured, we see some improvement that gives us hope we may be able to save it,” said Wright, who added the puppy still faces six to eight weeks of treatment and rehabilitation.
“We are doing everything we can to support his recovery but, in cases of incredible trauma like this, the situation can quickly change. Trooper’s got a lot of great spirit and we are all pulling for him to make a full recovery.”
The Humane Society of Missouri and local law enforcement are investigating the incident and are now offering a $5,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction those responsible.
“We are following several leads and are pleased to announce that the reward has been doubled,” said Mike Perkins, director of HSMO’s Animal Cruelty Task Force. “The reward is now $5,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for this horrible crime.”
Anyone with information should contact the Humane Society of Missouri Animal Abuse Hot Line at 314-647-4400.