Dog dragged on Interstate 55 up for adoption

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by Carlos Otero / KMOV.com Staff

KMOV.com

Posted on November 6, 2013 at 10:14 PM

Updated Thursday, Nov 7 at 6:05 AM

(KMOV) – Trooper, the pit bull puppy who was nearly dragged to death on I-55 in November 2012, is now up for adoption.

In November 2012, Trooper was nearly killed after he was dragged behind a pickup truck for nearly one mile on Interstate 55.

Authorities charged Bernetta Johnson, 41, of East St. Louis, following the incident.  Johnson told authorities she thought her son had put the dog in her ex-husband’s truck bed whom she was returning the then 6-month-old dog to.

Johnson’s ex-husband told authorities he did not see the dog and began driving nearly a mile down the interstate.

In April 2013, Johnson was sentenced to two years of probation and 150 hours of community service.

Furthermore, she was also banned from caring for or owning pets for the next two years and was ordered to donate $250 to the Humane Society and take an animal care class. If Johnson fails to meet terms of probation, she would have to serve one year in jail.

With the help of the Humane Society of Missouri, Trooper was able to reach a full recovery despite being severely injured and near death. 

Trooper has endured seven surgeries and numerous advanced laser therapy treatments to aid with his healing, mobility, circulation and pain management.

Trooper’s story has resonated worldwide. He has more than 17,000 Team Trooper Facebook fans, hundreds of thousands of YouTube views and a book, called “Trooper’s Triumphs,” has been written about his journey and the lessons he learned along the way.

Trooper has become symbolic of the countless animals that fall victim to cruelty and neglect.

Humane Society of Missouri is accepting applications through November 17 in hopes of finding him a forever home in time for the holiday season.

Applicants can visit HSMO’s website at: www.hsmo.org/adopttrooper.

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