Support Local Journalism. Join Riverfront Times Press Club.

Friday, April 12, 2013

Trooper the Dog: Benetta Johnson Guilty in Puppy-Dragging Trial, Breaks Down Sobbing

Posted By on Fri, Apr 12, 2013 at 9:38 AM

click to enlarge Trooper in recovery. - VIA
  • via
  • Trooper in recovery.

Last month, we gave you an update on Trooper the Dog, the brave little puppy who was dragged for a full mile on the highway by an unknowing driver. He's recovering quite well and getting a lot of love from fans around the globe.

Today, we bring you the news of the woman responsible for the brutal dragging. Benetta Johnson, 41, was sentenced yesterday in what sounds like a dramatic courtroom trial where the East St. Louis woman tried to explain that she never meant to harm the animal.

"Never in a million years," she said when asked if she intended for the pup to get hurt. "Never in a million years."

Then, she reportedly broke down sobbing.

As we've reported, last November, the puppy, only five-months-old, was tied to a truck that drove off on the interstate for a mile until he pulled over as someone honked him down.

Trooper, as the rescuers eventually named him, was in shock.

click to enlarge Benetta Johnson.
  • Benetta Johnson.

The driver was not charged and investigators soon traced the incident to Benetta Johnson, the driver's ex-wife, who says she was just trying to return the dog to her ex-husband, but couldn't track him down.

In court, the Post-Dispatch reports, Johnson testified that she and her son had originally put the dog in the bed of her ex's parked pickup, but they were worried that he would jump out or get hurt.

So they tied him to the trailer hitch.

They kept looking for her ex-husband, but he didn't show up, so they left.

click to enlarge TEAM TROOPER FACEBOOK

It was cold out and the dog was underweight and suffering from intestinal parasites. Then the man got in the car and drove off.

Continue for details of Johnson's sentencing and for more photos of Trooper.

Tags: , , ,

Support Local Journalism.
Join the Riverfront Times Press Club

Local journalism is information. Information is power. And we believe everyone deserves access to accurate independent coverage of their community and state. Our readers helped us continue this coverage in 2020, and we are so grateful for the support.

Help us keep this coverage going in 2021. Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing membership pledge, your support goes to local-based reporting from our small but mighty team.

Join the Riverfront Times Club for as little as $5 a month.

Read the Digital Print Issue

December 1, 2021

View more issues

Newsletters

Never miss a beat

Sign Up Now

Subscribe now to get the latest news delivered right to your inbox.

Best Things to Do In St. Louis

© 2021 Riverfront Times

Website powered by Foundation