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$2,500 reward offered after puppy dragged behind truck

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The puppy, nicknamed Trooper, was dragged for more than a mile until the driver of the vehicle pulled over in confusion and discovered the dog. The puppy, nicknamed Trooper, was dragged for more than a mile until the driver of the vehicle pulled over in confusion and discovered the dog.
Trooper was rushed to the Humane Society of Missouri for emergency veterinary care. He suffered "terrible" cuts and scrapes to most of his body, some so deep his shoulder bone is exposed. He was also in shock and is very thin. Trooper was rushed to the Humane Society of Missouri for emergency veterinary care. He suffered "terrible" cuts and scrapes to most of his body, some so deep his shoulder bone is exposed. He was also in shock and is very thin.
ST. LOUIS, MO (KCTV) -

A $2,500 reward is being offered for information leading to the arrest of an animal abuse suspect.

St. Louis police called the Humane Society of Missouri last Wednesday after a 5-month-old pit bull was found tied to the back of a pickup, severely injured along Interstate 55.

The puppy, nicknamed Trooper, was dragged for more than a mile until the driver of the vehicle pulled over in confusion and discovered the dog.

The man told police that he did not know the animal or how it became tethered to the back of his vehicle. He was alerted by another driver who called the police, and signaled him that something was wrong.

Trooper was rushed to the Humane Society of Missouri for emergency veterinary care. He suffered "terrible" cuts and scrapes to most of his body, some so deep his shoulder bone is exposed. He was also in shock and is very thin.

"This puppy has experienced severe trauma and horrible injuries and his condition could change quickly," said Dr. Wright, the Humane Society's director of Shelter Medicine. "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."

Since then, Trooper's condition has been upgraded from critical to guarded. And despite his extensive injuries, officials say he is eating and even gave kisses to his caretakers.

A task force is offering a $2,500 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person responsible for intending to harm Trooper.

Tips can be made by calling the Animal Cruelty Hotline at 314-647-4400.

"We have received several tips and are fully investigating them," said Debbie Hill, vice president of Operations for the Humane Society of Missouri. "We are doing several very important things for this helpless puppy: giving him excellent veterinary treatment and loving care and finding out how this happened in order to hold accountable those who are responsible."

The shelter said they hopeful for a full recovery, but they also need the community's help.

"A donation of any amount is greatly appreciated and will be put toward Trooper's rehabilitation and eventual adoption," said Kathy Warnick, president of the Humane Society of Missouri.

Click here to make a donation.

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