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Trooper is using his celebrity to help other victims of animal abuse and neglect. Proceeds from the sale of Trooper merchandise and donations towards Trooper's care benefit the Animal Cruelty Fund at the Humane Society of Missouri, dedicated to investigating, healing, and preventing animal abuse.


January 14, 2014 - 

Trooper Appears on Fox News Channel's Fox & Friends!
Trooper steals a kiss from host Elisabeth Hasselbeck as she snaps a photo

Trooper, the renowned puppy who was rescued and treated by HSMO after being nearly dragged to death behind a pickup truck on I-55 in St. Louis last November was a special guest on Fox News Channel's Fox & Friends morning show!

Trooper's new owner, Greg, discusses with the hosts how Trooper is adjusting to his new home and how Trooper is an ambassador to represent abused and neglected animals everywhere.



December 19, 2013 - 

Trooper has Found his Forever Home!

Trooper, the renowned puppy who was rescued and treated by HSMO after being nearly dragged to death behind a pickup truck on I-55 in St. Louis last November is finally healed and going to a forever home, just in time for the holidays!

A St. Louis metropolitan area man named Greg was selected as Trooper's new owner. Greg is an experienced dog owner who recently lost his pit bull after years of companionship. He works from home and he's able to spend quality time with Trooper and closely monitor his health in cooperation with veterinarians at the Animal Medical Center of Mid-America. He is thrilled to bring Trooper into his life.

“Trooper truly has become an ambassador for abused and neglected animals everywhere,” said Kathy Warnick, president, Humane Society of Missouri. “He’s a shining example of what an indomitable spirit coupled with an excellent team of rescuers, shelter and veterinary care and adoption staff can overcome.”


Warnick continued, “Narrowing down the list of applicants wanting to adopt Trooper was not an easy task.  Greg is a perfect fit based on Trooper’s needs and we are ecstatic to have found Trooper his forever home!”


Trooper has received love, support, gifts and care packages from soldiers, schoolchildren and animal lovers everywhere, as well as worldwide media attention. The lessons Trooper learned on his road to recovery are told in a recently published children's book called Trooper's Triumphs. Proceeds from the book go to help stop animal abuse.


“The rescue and rehabilitation of Trooper, and other animals like him, is solely made possible through generous donations from the public,” said Kathy Warnick, president, Humane Society of Missouri. “These donations make it possible for the Humane Society of Missouri to help more than 75,000 homeless, abused and unwanted animals each year.”


November 6, 2013 - 

Trooper is now up for adoption

Trooper, the dog who was dragged for more than a mile behind a pickup truck in November of 2012, is now available for adoption. Applications can be submitted at Applicants must answer lifestyle questions and provide information about their home environment. Trooper is best suited to a home without other animals and with older children. He will be a good fit for an adopter who understands how to lovingly manage intelligent, stron dogs and has time to spend further training him and providing appropriate exercise. A secure outside area is also a necessity.

Trooper will also need ongoing medical care. His new family should live approximately 20 miles from the Humane Society of Missouri's Macklind Avenue Headquarters so that he can continue to be treated by HSMO veterinarians. The Humane Society of Missouri will cover ongoing vet fees for Trooper at its Animal Medical Center of Mid-America. Trooper's adoptin fee is $210.

All candidates will be reviewed by HSMO. Finalists will be further interviewed via phone and in-person, and a home visit will be conducted.

Applications will be accepted online only now through midnight on Sunday, November 17, 2013. Applicants selected to continue the process will be contacted by a Humane Society of Missouri Adoption Center representative the first week of December. The goal is to find a forever home for Trooper just in time for the holidays.  

July 19, 2013 - 

Trooper undergoes additional surgery

Trooper, the dog who was dragged for more than a mile behind a pickup truck last November, recently underwent another surgery, this time on one of his knees. Humane Society of Missouri veterinarians diagnosed Trooper with both luxating patella, a painful condition common among dogs where the kneecap moves out of its normal location, and a cranial cruciate ligament, or CCL, tear.  This was Trooper’s seventh surgery since the incident.
 “The surgery was successful, but Trooper will be in recovery for a few weeks,” said Dr. Travis Arndt, Interim Director of Veterinary Services for HSMO’s Animal Medical Center of Mid-America and Trooper’s surgeon. “His accident definitely contributed to the problem, but it is not uncommon for dogs to exhibit similar knee and ligament problems, often together.  Trooper is young for this to have developed but, given his traumatic history and the fact that he is a very active dog, I’m not surprised we’ve had to help him with this now.”
Trooper is in foster care in the home of HSMO’s animal behavior manager Linda Campbell who also is a registered veterinary technician.  She can work with him on manners, socialization and other training issues and is able to recognize any medical issues that come up so they can be addressed immediately.  Trooper often comes to work with Linda so he gets the benefits of a home situation and also being around lots of people who love and interact with him.
Trooper will be in recovery for several weeks and we are working on what we think will be a wonderful placement for this great dog who is so smart, has so much energy and so much to give.

Please help care for Trooper and other animals like him that may be in need of life-saving medical procedures by making a secure online donation today.

May 18, 2013 -

Trooper: 2013 Bark in the Park Mascot

The 2013 Bark in the Park was a success! The Humane Society and Purina ONE once again presented the largest dog festival in the Midwest on a beautiful Saturday in St. Louis' famed Forest Park.

The 1-mile Walk for Animals was led by the 2013 Bark in the Park mascot, Trooper, and his entourage of rescued animals. Trooper was chosen to prepresent all shelter animals because of his amazing spirit after surviving horrific injuries after being dragged more than a mile behind a truck.

All participants had a great time, whether enjoying the festivites on two legs or four! Event highlights included the inaugural 5k run followed by a scrumptios pancake breakfast, performances by the Purina Incredible Dog Team, awesome agility course and hilarious pet contests, $25 pet microchips, animal-related vendors and the Heartguard/Frontline Family Fun Center!

Best of all, we raised over $100,000 for the Animal Cruelty Fund at the Humane Society of Missouri! This fund is dedicated to investigating, healing, and preventing animal abuse for dogs like Trooper and all furry friends throughout Missouri.

If you missed the fun this year, mark your calendars NOW for the 2014 Bark in the Park on Saturday, May 17. It's a howling good time!


April 11, 2013 - 

The defendant charged with misdemeanor animal abuse in the case of Trooper, the puppy that was dragged more than a mile behind a truck last November and struggled to survive horrific injuries, was found guilty today for failure to properly care for the puppy and was sentenced to two years of probation.  Probation stipulations included 150 hours of community service, attendance in an animal care class, no pet ownership, payment of court fees and a required donation of $250 to the Humane Society of Missouri whose Animal Cruelty Task Force team rescued Trooper.  If any of these terms are violated, jail time of one year must be served.
“The Humane Society of Missouri believes the guilty verdict in the Trooper animal abuse case is absolutely fitting,” said Debbie Hill, vice president of operations, Humane Society of Missouri. “We believe there is no excuse for animal abuse and will continue to seek justice on behalf of all victims without voices.”

The trial was emotionally charged and filled with graphic details as Trooper’s traumatic incident was recounted and evidence was presented of the severe suffering he endured as he clung to life.  Fortunately after a number of surgeries and special medical care and attention by the Humane Society of Missouri veterinarians and care givers, Trooper is now completely healed and waiting to be adopted into a forever home.        

Trooper is just one of the victims of abuse and neglect.  Every day the Humane Society of Missouri Animal Cruelty Task Force responds to reports of animal abuse and neglect in St. Louis City, County and the state of Missouri – and has done so for more than 50 years.  As with the Trooper case, the HSMO Animal Cruelty Task Force works side by side with law enforcement to help document evidence of animal abuse and hold people accountable for their actions.  

HSMO urges anyone who suspects animal abuse or neglect to report the situation by calling the animal abuse hotline at 314-647-4400 (callers can remain anonymous), or going online at

March 6, 2013 - Trooper will be featured tonight on the Humane Society of Missouri Second Chances Telethon. Tune in to KMOV/Channel 4 at 8 PM to learn all about his incredible rescue and recovery. Donate to our telethon to help more animals like Trooper.


March 1, 2013

Trooper has started the next chapter of his amazing recovery by moving into foster care at the Humane Society of Missouri's Longmeadow Rescue Ranch. He's able to run and play freely and enjoy the great life he deserves!

Trooper is not yet available for adoption, but we are working toward this outcome every day.

February 4, 2013

Trooper has grown into such a beautiful boy! He loves playing with other dogs at the Humane Society of Missouri and has become a tug-of-war champion. Trooper spends most days with his trainer working on socialization. He's a very friendly and good-natured pup.

Watch a video of Trooper playing with his friends.

January 14, 2013

Trooper continues to recover at the Humane Society of Missouri. He is enjoying short play sessions and spends time with his dedicated trainer almost every day.

Watch a video of Trooper playing with a puzzle toy.

January 2, 2013

Thank you to KSDK-Newschannel 5 for their latest story on Trooper. Watch the story online to see how Trooper's doing and what's in store for him in 2013. 

December 28, 2012

To aid in Trooper's healing process, he has been receiving laser therapy treatments at the Humane Society of Missouri. This painless, non-invasive procedure is being used to reduce inflammation, and help speed up the healing of the open and granulating wounds on all four of his limbs.

Because laser therapy reduces inflammation, improves blood flow and releases natural endorphins, a growing number of veterinary practitioners are using lasers to relieve the chronic pain of aging and arthritic pets and treat dermatologic conditions. The Humane Society's Animal Medical Center of Mid-America offers laser therapy treatments to the public. Call (314) 951-1534 for more information about making a laser therapy consultation appointment for your pet.

December 20, 2012

Trooper's condition continues to improve at the Humane Society of Missouri. For more than a week, our Shelter Animal Behavior Manager has worked with Trooper to teach basic commands like "leave it" and "touch". We believe it is very important to exercise his mind as well as his body, and he's responded very well to his training (and treats!). He loves the attention, and working on manners gives him something to do to alleviate any boredom. Check back soon for another update! 

December 14, 2012

Humane Society of Missouri Animal Cruelty Task Force provides key video evidence leading to animal abuse charges in case of puppy dragged behind truck. 

Working with the St. Louis City Police Department and the St. Louis City Circuit Attorney’s Warrant Office, the Humane Society of Missouri’s Animal Cruelty Task Force provided key video surveillance evidence and extensive investigative and veterinary reports which culminated in a charge of animal abuse being filed today against an individual in the case of the 5 ½ month old puppy dragged behind a truck on Nov. 21, 2012.

Humane Society investigators discovered video surveillance tape of the puppy being tied to the truck. HSMO investigators and staff then spent many hours painstakingly reviewing this key evidence. “Since the day of the incident, HSMO’s animal cruelty investigators have worked diligently developing and following leads, conducting follow-up interviews, and canvassing neighborhoods in a determined effort to gather and provide the evidence needed to prosecute this case,” said Mike Perkins, director of Humane Society of Missouri’s Animal Cruelty Task Force. “We were very pleased to work with St. Louis City Police Officer Louis Naes to provide his department with the information needed to be able to take this case forward.”

“This innocent, helpless puppy suffered horrifically and needlessly,” said HSMO President Kathy Warnick. “We owe it to Trooper, the millions of people around the world appalled by this crime and to our community to ensure that those responsible are held accountable. We wish to thank the City Police Department and the Circuit Attorney’s Office for taking seriously this heartbreaking case of animal abuse and working with us to ensure a just outcome.”

Now 6 months old, Trooper’s extensive injuries continue to respond to treatment, according to Dr. Mark Wright, HSMO’s Director of Shelter Medicine.  “We continue to be very pleased with his progress but also realize Trooper has at least 4-6 weeks more of rehabilitation during which we will be on the watch for possible setbacks, including the risk of infection.”  Wright continued that while Trooper is demonstrating more of his exuberant puppy personality, HSMO’s animal care staff are carefully balancing the need for him to walk and play with his need for rest and recuperation.  

Help more animals like Trooper by donating to the Animal Cruelty Fund. This fund was established to help our Animal Cruelty Task Force investigate, heal, and prevent animal abuse.

December 12, 2012

It's been three weeks since Trooper was rescued by the Humane Society of Missouri Animal Cruelty Task Force. Read a special e-mail message from Trooper sent today.

Watch a YouTube video of Trooper with his toys and treats.

December 5, 2012

The reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of Trooper's abuser(s) has been raised to $5,000. Please call 314-647-4400 with any tips in this case.

Following surgery performed last week to clean and further close open wounds and assess the possibility of saving Trooper’s right front leg, Dr. Mark Wright, director of Shelter Medicine for the Humane Society of Missouri, said he continues to be guardedly optimistic about the possibility of saving the dog’s leg. 

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. The puppy still faces 6-8 weeks of additional treatment and rehabilitation and the threat of infection is ever present.

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.

December 3, 2012

Trooper was up and walking around for a bit over the weekend. Here he is enjoying a toy and treat he received in the mail. Thank you for all the cards, gifts, and donations. We appreciate your support!

November 28, 2012

Trooper is holding steady at the Humane Society of Missouri. He is now able to drink well on his own and is eating some regular food. They are very small steps that could reverse at any point, but we are amazed by his progress thus far. Trooper will see the surgeon in the next 48 hours to determine if his front leg is able to be saved.

November 26, 2012

The 5 ½ month old, severely injured pit bull puppy rescued November 21 by the Humane Society of Missouri Animal Cruelty Task Force and named Trooper by his Humane Society caregivers is showing slight improvement but is still not out of the woods.  After five days of intensive treatment and care for severe injuries to his face, ears, shoulder, legs and right side, the Humane Society’s director of Shelter Medicine, Dr. Mark Wright, reports that he is guardedly optimistic about Trooper’s chances for recovery.  “This puppy has experienced severe trauma and horrible injuries and his condition could change quickly,” said Dr. Wright. “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.”

The Humane Society of Missouri is continuing to investigate the incident and is offering a $2,500 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for putting the dog in this horrific position. “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.”

November 21, 2012 (Original Story)

Responding to a call this morning from the St. Louis City Police, the Humane Society of Missouri Animal Cruelty Task Force dispatched an investigator to the scene of a severely injured dog that had been tethered to the back of a truck and drug along Highway 55. Upon arrival, the investigator found the driver of the truck distraught by the situation. He stated that he did not know the animal or how it became tied to the back of his vehicle. He was alerted to the incident by another driver who called the police, and signaled him that something was wrong. He pulled over and discovered the dog.

The Humane Society of Missouri is investigating the incident and is offering a $2,500 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for putting the dog in this horrific position. HSMO also is looking for the owner of the puppy. Persons with information should contact 314-647-4400. 

The puppy, a five and a half month old brown, male pit bull, was in shock and is suffering from severe and traumatic injuries including exposed tissue and bones. The puppy is being treated at the Humane Society of Missouri Maryland Heights facility and shelter veterinarians are closely monitoring his condition and doing everything they can to relieve his pain. He had a collar and leash, but no ID tag or microchip were found. 

“The puppy is in critical condition and it is too early to determine if he will survive his injuries,” said HSMO veterinarian Dr. Mark Wright. “We are stabilizing him and consulting with our surgeon to determine the appropriate course of treatment.”


Click here to purchase your official Trooper Plush Toy and Trooper's Triumphs children's book!

All proceeds benefit the Animal Cruelty Task Force at the Humane Society of Missouri.