Puppy Dragged Down I-55 Gaining Celebrity Status

ST. LOUIS (AP/KMOX) — Trooper, the pit bull puppy that survived being dragged down an area interstate is drawing international attention.

The Humane Society of Missouri says they’ve received at least 1,000 inquiries from people seeking to adopt the dog, and he’s getting cards and treats from as far away as Afghanistan and Australia.

This morning Trooper’s Facebook page has around 12,817 followers.

A 41-year-old East St. Louis woman faces a misdemeanor animal abuse charge stemming from the incident. It’s believed that Benetta Johnson tried to return the dog to her ex-husband by having her 13-year-old son tie the puppy to a pickup truck on November 20th. The pick-up truck driver didn’t see the puppy and began driving down Interstate 55.

The Humane Society says Trooper is still healing and won’t be available for adoption for four to six weeks.
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