A horrifying tale of abuse has evolved into a story of a miracles as reports have broken that a golden-brown pit bull puppy — appropriately named Trooper — is making great strides in his recovery after being tied to a truck in Missouri and dragged for 1.6 miles.
Huffington Post reported on Dec. 7 that the trucker had been oblivious to the pup until he received a call from a fellow driver and immediately pulled over to aid the battered pit bull. Although many of the pup’s wounds had been subsequent to the dragging, it was apparent that the dog’s former caretaker had made Trooper subject to abuse long before the incident on Nov. 21.
“Even before his terrifying ordeal, it appears as if Trooper was struggling under the care of an abusive over,” New York Daily News reported on Dec. 6. “[Debbie Hill, vice president of operations at the Humane Society of Missouri] said that when investigators brought him, the puppy’s bones were visible underneath his fur.”
Despite his sever injuries and trauma, Trooper has certainly earned his name as he has been miraculously inching toward recovery — and without complaint!
“As you change his bandages, instead of squirming and fighting, he’ll just lay there with his head on your arm,” Hill said. ““He’s got that special something. When you’re with him, you just have to have your hands on him. You just have to tell him how brave he’s been.”
Still, those caring for Trooper are “taking it day by day” as his body still “has a lot of work to do.”
After making national news via Yahoo! News, representatives from the HSMO say the outpouring of support has been “overwhelming” and that several supporters are already lined up in hopes of adopting Trooper following his recovery.
One of Trooper’s youngest supporters was showcased on the pup’s official Facebook page, Team Trooper.
Seven-year-old Victoria from Rhode Island sent a homemade card for Trooper with five dollars tucked inside to help with his recovery.
“I love dogs! I love pit bulls. I know you have a lot of boo-boos,” she wrote. “I am sorry you were hurt but you are cute and will be better soon.”
The identity of Trooper’s abuser and attempted murderer is still unknown, and KMOV reported that a reward for information leading to the suspect has been doubled from $2,500 to $5,000 in order to bring the former owner to justice.
“We are following several leads and are pleased to announce that the reward has been doubled,” said Mike Perkins, director of the 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.”
Information on Trooper’s progress and information on donating can be found at www.hsmo.org/trooper.
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