ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – Trooper, the pitbull puppy who was dragged down Interstate-55 last year has finally found his forever home.
A St. Louis area man named Greg (who asked us not to use his last name) is taking Trooper home for Christmas. He said he got the call Tuesday from the Humane Society of Missouri that he was the lucky person chosen out of a pool of eight to adopt the almost 2-year-old puppy.
“I got the call and my mind was blown,” he told KMOX.
Trooper was put up for adoption early last month after undergoing almost a full year of surgeries, numerous advanced laser therapy treatments, extensive rehab, training, social activity and time in a foster care program.
During that time Trooper stole the hearts of many around the world and gained 17,366 fans on facebook. But the Humane Society only allowed people living within 30 miles of their facility on Macklind to adopt him.
Kathy Warnick, president of the HSMO said Greg is an experienced dog owner and works from home. “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!”
In a facebook post on the Team Trooper page HSMO wrote that “Greg and Trooper hit it off right away” and they “can’t wait to see how their relationship continues to blossom.”
“Trooper truly has become an ambassador for abused and neglected animals everywhere,” said Warnick, “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.”
Trooper’s previous owner Benetta Johnson was found guilty of misdemeanor animal abuse in April. The East St. Louis resident was sentenced to two years of probation and 150 hours of community service. She also was banned from caring for or owning pets for the next two years and was ordered to donate $250 to the Humane Society of Missouri and take an animal care class.