Trooper the dog was doing well enough last week to go home with his foster mom.

The Herald News – Joliet (IL)
April 22, 2008

However, the pit bull mix whose plight was written about last week in The Ark is still healing. He has a lung infection that is being treated with antibiotics.

Trooper’s foster mom Liz Bagley, founder and president of Making a Difference Rescue, has outfitted him with a stylish T-shirt that keeps him from licking his many wounds. He received more than 100 stitches.

His healing is going well, Bagley said, noting he does not have to go back to the vet’s office until week’s end to have the stitches removed.

Bagley, of Channahon, said she’s waiting to see his personality come out.

“We’re trying to get him better so we can figure out what kind of home he needs to be in.”

So far, though, Trooper is settling in with his foster family. Over the weekend he spent time outside with the adult children of the foster family. In fact, he has been wagging his tail.

Donations are still being accepted to cover the vet bills. Contact Bagley at (815) 258-5892. Checks should be made out and mailed to Making a Difference Rescue, c/o Liz Bagley, P.O. Box 414 Channahon, Il. 60410.

Trooper Goes To His Foster Home April 14th

Kathy was excited to get Trooper into her home & to get him comfortable. He is eating well & taking his meds.

Tuesday, as we talked on the phone I could actually hear Trooper breathing hard while his head was on her lap. Also, his nose has been running a little & the color looked greenish & his legs started to swell.

He went back to the vet for a follow up. Dr Agustin reassured us that Trooper still has a lot of healing to go & that includes his lungs too. The lungs have an infection & some scarring because of injuries. He received some injections, (for infection & the swelling) this healing will take time, it’s serious & he’s not young.

Kathy & Trooper were walking up to the gated area at the vets & the other dogs were outside. They barked at him & he turned around as fast as he could to get away…. he was afraid.

The vet was considering keeping him again & they went to put him in the cage, he peed on the blanket right away. Kathy couldn’t take it, her heart was broke… she knows that he will heal so much faster by being with a family rather than at a vets office & only being around people twice a day, we think he would be depressed & that’s not good for the healing process. He received some TLC from everyone at the vets & Trooper was happy to see them but he didn’t want to stay.

They joked about the stylish t-shirt that Kathy had on him. It keeps him from scratching the wounds & protects them, plus it covers up the worst areas (the stab wounds in the chest & the side) & he almost looks normal, but under that shirt he’s a mess! The only part that doesn’t have scars, wounds or stitches are on the rear end area. Dr Agustin said that the wounds with the stainless steel wire are healing well. He has some other scabs & a few have started to fall off.

Trooper was able to enjoy the sunshine today. He is resting well & he is adjusting. He has shown signs of being nervous & acts afraid of sudden movement….of course after all the stuff that he has been through, he has every right. Kathy said that the eyes still look sad & it’s heartbreaking but I know when he gets feeling better…those eyes will shine! By looking at him….at one time he was a beautiful dog, I love those colors (markings) on his face.

Things are going well with Kathy’s other two dogs, they are such good dogs & having company doesn’t bother them at all. As you can tell by the picture, Kathy is receiving a lot of snuggling time. The picture was taken on Trooper’s first day at her home. You can tell Kathy is getting him calm enough to be able to sit with her and Daisy and Tigger.

Thank you so much for all the prayers & support that everyone has shown Trooper. One day at a time we will heal this dog. Please continue to keep him in your prayers.

Trooper’s Fighting Chance… Abused Dog Dragged To Vet’s Office

Trooper is a pit bull mix that was literally dragged to a veterinarian’s office. Trooper was bitten, abused and stabbed.

The Herald News – Joliet (IL)
April 15, 2008 | Dawn Aulet

Liz Bagley, founder and president of Making a Difference Rescue, is no stranger to the horrors of dog fighting.

In her time as a rescuer, she has seen more than her share of animals who have been abandoned, abused or nearly killed.

But the story of Trooper really tugs at her heartstrings.

Trooper is a pit bull mix that was literally dragged to a veterinarian’s office. Although the person who dragged Trooper to the vet on his leash was seen on video footage, that footage is too blurry to make an identification. Trooper was bitten, abused and stabbed.

“I was first contacted by Romeoville Animal Control,” Bagley, of Channahon, said. “Of course, they know of my passion of saving the animals.”

Working with Making a Difference rescue, the A American Veterinarian Hospital’s Dr. Dennis Augustin set about getting Trooper better.

Extensive wounds

Initially, it took more than 60 staples and stitches to close at least two stab wounds and numerous bites across Trooper’s body. Bagley said the injuries were so bad, the nurses had trouble finding a place to pet Trooper that had not been injured.

Despite all this abuse, though, Bagley said Trooper’s personality was more like that of a family pet than of an abused animal.

“For the pain that this dog is in, this dog has never growled, snapped, nothing,” she said.

Add to that the fact that the dog is neutered and Bagley and those who have worked with Trooper believe at some point this dog was someone’s pet.

Those who use dogs as bait in dog fighting would not bother spending money or time to neuter a dog. Bagely said she believes Trooper was either stolen from someone’s home, given away in a free-to-a-good-home ad, or adopted out of a rescue that did not do thorough enough checking on where the dog was going.

On Saturday, although Trooper was healing in some areas, he required additional surgery to cut out additional infected and dead tissue from two of the stabbing sites. After three hours of surgery, Trooper has more than 100 staples.

Trooper will have to wait until later this week to go to the home of his foster mom, who is anxiously awaiting his arrival.

Once he does go home Trooper will have to return to the vet very two or three days for antibiotics.

If anyone has any information about Trooper or thinks he may have been their dog, call Bagley at (815) 258-5892.

Dawn Aulet can be reached at or (815) 729-6085.