ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – Humane Society of Missouri veterinarians are optimistic about the outlook for Trooper, the five-month-old puppy dragged down I-55 behind a truck last week.

Veterinarian Mark Wright said Trooper is living up to his name. He’s eating well, cooperating with doctors and even wags his tail when he sees a familiar face. But it’s too early to tell exactly what the prognosis is.

“He’s going to have a real guarded outlook the next two weeks,” Wright said. “There’s at least a 50-50 chance he’s going to end up losing that one front leg.”

But Wright said if things keep going well, Trooper will be up for adoption in about four weeks. Debbie Hill with the Humane Society said there have been a few calls about adopting him.

“You just know he’s got the heart of a lion in there and we have to do what we can to help him make the turn to recovery,” she said.

There’s no new information on who Trooper’s owners are or who tied him to the truck.

St. Louis Police responded to the scene last Wednesday after a driver had seen Trooper being dragged and called police. Officers found the driver of the truck “distraught,” according to the Humane Society. He said he didn’t know the animal and wasn’t aware it had become tied to his truck.

The Humane Society of Missouri is investigating the incident and a $2,500 reward is being offered for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible.

He had a collar and leash, but no ID tag or microchip were found on Trooper.

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