Two weeks ago a pit bull puppy was dragged down I-55 in Missouri for about a mile. The severe wounds he received occurred on Nov. 21. It was not initially known whether or not he would survive the injury. Only 5 1/2 months old, the puppy, "Trooper", survived the ordeal and had surgery last week. Medical staff taking care of Trooper are "guardedly optimistic" his leg will be saved.
“This puppy has experienced severe trauma and horrible injuries and his condition could change quickly,” said Humane Society’s director of Shelter Medicine, Dr. Mark Wright on Nov. 26. “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.”
According to a Dec. 5 update provided by the Humane Society of Missouri, Trooper is now eating and drinking normally, along with being able to walk on his own several times daily.
"Although his right front leg was severely injured, we see some improvement that gives us hope we may be able to save it. The puppy still faces 6-8 weeks of additional treatment and rehabilitation and the threat of infection is ever present," the Humane Society wrote
on their Web page.
The driver did not know the dog was tied to the trailer hitch of his truck, reported St. Louis Today
. Reportedly, the driver was distraught after learning the puppy was tied to his vehicle; he only became aware after being signaled by another driver on the highway.
Authorities are now seeking information on the person who had tied the young pup in between the driver's truck and trailer. A reward of $5,000 for information has been offered; this is doubled the original reward. No one knows who Trooper's owner is, as he had a collar and leash, but no ID tag or microchip.
Anyone with information on this case is asked to call the Humane Society of Missouri Animal Abuse Hot Line at 314-647-4400.
"It’s shocking when an animal is abused to this extent," Missouri Humane Society spokeswoman Jean Jay told FoxNews.com
. "We are following up on some leads and tips we've received in cooperation with law enforcement."
Staff told the media that the only uninjured part of his body is his tail, which is said to be wagging "nearly non-stop".
"Trooper’s got a lot of great spirit and we are all pulling for him to make a full recovery," said the Humane Society in their latest update.
A slideshow with several photos of Trooper have been published on Flickr