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

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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.

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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.

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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.


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19 comments
Robert Michael
Robert Michael

shes deserves jail time, not long but give her a month or something!

Marisa Lather
Marisa Lather

If she isn't aware enough not to notice a living, moving animal (which even on the other side of the car is at most 12 feet away), then maybe she shouldn't be operating a motor vehicle.

Gordon Gengler
Gordon Gengler

Who would tie a dog to the back of car? Should never be allowed to keep any animal. 150 hours doing what?

Erin Karll
Erin Karll

not even close. she should work a lot more hours with the humane society so she learns care and respect for animals. then she should never be allowed to own a pet or live in a house with a pet.

Jerry McConnell
Jerry McConnell

150 hours sounds about right. Tie her to the back of a truck and drag her for 150 hours. Then she is free to go.

Alexandra Dee
Alexandra Dee

Hell Fucking No thats not fair!! Lets tie her to a car and drag her around town, that seems "fair" ?

Casey Myers Cosper
Casey Myers Cosper

GUILTY....but NOT CHARGED ENOUGH!! Probation is a joke! makes me so sick!! she should be tied and dragged!!!

Kate Touchette
Kate Touchette

No. She got off way too easy. She did what she did on purpose, knowing what would happen. I only hope some day there are harsher punishments for the losers who commit animal cruelty.

Kate Touchette
Kate Touchette

It was NOT an accident. The woman who was sentenced purposefully tied Trooper to the back of the vehicle. She was NOT the driver. The driver was innocent.

Irene Liu
Irene Liu

yes, the woman who was sentenced had tied the dog there. she was not the driver. the driver was unaware the dog was there :(

Sarah Beck
Sarah Beck

I think so. From what I remember this was all a terrible accident. Am I wrong?

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whitetrash71.gm

@Robert Michael a month isnt anything compared to a life and its pretty clear she was trying to end the puppies life. She should be tied to a bumper and dragged for a mile ,see how she likes it .stupid ass bitch

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