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January 14, 2014 -
Trooper Appears on Fox News Channel's Fox & Friends!
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 www.hsmo.org/adopttrooper. 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 -
TROOPER TRIUMPHS AS COURT CASE WRAPS UP:
DEFENDANT FOUND GUILTY OF ANIMAL ABUSE
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 www.hsmo.org/reportabuse.