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From Shackled Dog to Adopted Friend: Trooper's Recovery Story

Once-Abused Dog Gets New Leash on Life

The Delaware County SPCA found Trooper the dog emaciated and with a shackle around his neck in Darby Borough. After a couple months of TLC, a healthy Trooper has found a home. (Published Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2015)

An animal cruelty survivor has found a loving home two months after veterinarians removed a shackle from the then emaciated dog's neck.

On #TransformationTuesday, the Delaware County SPCA showed off a photo of Trooper with his new owner David Byrd, someone who has fostered large-breed dogs before. Byrd took in Trooper so that the dog could socialize and continue to recover. With the bond between Byrd's other dogs and Trooper evident, Byrd decided to permanently adopt Trooper, said SPCA spokeswoman Justina Calgiano.

Trooper — now a 10-month-old Great Dane with his tongue out and his body looking full — is a far cry from the sad-faced dog that could barely walk when he came to the Delco SPCA in early June.

The SPCA found Trooper in Darby, Pennsylvania, on June 4. He was badly emaciated to the point where animal officers had trouble determining his breed at first. 


#Trooper shortly after his emergency surgery to remove the shackle in his neck, checking out his new digs, our Adoption Center grounds, with his animal hero, Humane Officer Ron Riggle. You can see how emaciated our poor guy is through this video. Dr. Boudwin estimates that's he's a 1 or 1.5 on the body scale of 1-9. Our love and care and your support will put meat on those bones! Please give to the George & Friends Fund to help Trooper at

Posted by Delaware County SPCA on Friday, June 5, 2015

The Delco SPCA asked anyone who could help “put meat on those bones” to donate. And, after two months, Trooper's health was to the point where he could be adopted.

Trooper found a home as humane officers continued to search for the dog's abuser. A $1,500 reward remains for information leading to an arrest and conviction. Anyone with information is asked to call 610-566-1370, ext. 214.