CHESTERFIELD, Mo. (KMOX/AP) – Here’s the latest on “Trooper,” the dog rescued after being dragged behind a pickup truck last November.

The Humane Society of Missouri says Trooper recently underwent his seventh surgery, this time to repair damage to one of his back knees.

Doctor Travis Arndt did the procedure, “Dogs carry about 60% of their weight on their front limbs. So, the fact that he was shifting weight to the back legs after the accident definitely increased the stress on those joints.”

Dr. Arndt says Trooper will now undergo some laser therapy, “It’ll help speed up his recovery, repair the cells, and improve blood flow to tissues. It brings more nutrients in there.”

Humane Society officials say that after several weeks of recovery, Trooper may be ready for adoption.

Benetta Johnson of East St. Louis, Ill., was found guilty in April of misdemeanor animal abuse and sentenced to probation and community service.

Authorities say she tried to return the dog to her ex-husband and told her 13-year-old son to put the dog in the bed of his truck, but the teen instead tied the puppy to the trailer hitch.

Johnson’s ex-husband didn’t see the dog and drove down the interstate.

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