ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI)-- If you want to take a bite out of animal cruelty, have a bite out Tuesday night.
Fifteen local restaurants are participating in the first ever Dine Out For Dogs fundraiser, and one of the dogs that fund has helped has a familiar story.
"Trooper has made amazing progress since the day before Thanksgiving when basically he was just a lifeless lump of bloody flesh," said Humane Society of Missouri Vice President of Operations Debbie Hill.
Trooper is the Pit Bull mix who was dragged for more than a mile down Interstate 55 while tied to the back of a pick up truck.
Now, after multiple surgeries and even laser treatments, he is battle scarred, but just about ready for adoption.
"We all got goose bumps the first time he was allowed to play with a toy and had the energy to do that," Hill said. "Now that he is fairly recovered we sometimes have to act as his reminder that he really has come through something and he can do everything he wants to."
To help fill the coffers of the Humane Society`s Animal Cruelty fund, they are trying a formula other charities have found successful, a 'dine out' night to raise donations for the very fund that helped save Trooper's life.
"We see so many dogs and cats that are victims of abuse and neglect and by keeping money in that fund it insures we will be there for animals when they need us the most," said Angela Hill, a spokesperson for the Humane Society.
Now what Trooper needs the most is a good home but it will be a few more weeks before trooper is ready to leave the Humane Society.
"He`s got that strength and intelligence that sometimes can be challenging for his handlers and trainers and eventually his new owner," Hill said. "But he is going to do amazing things."
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