NORTH PLATTE, Neb. -- According to the Nebraska State Patrol, a dog that was found severely injured in Red Willow County is improving and even has a new name.
James Wagner (Photo Courtesy Lincoln County Corrections)
NSP said in a Facebook post the puppy that was found stabbed more than 15 times on February 19 is "doing great".
The puppy is still at the McCook Humane Society and has received a large amount of interest.
The waiting period to adopt the dog, which now holds the name Trooper, is up this weekend.
On February 19, the Nebraska State Patrol was alerted to a severely injured dog in northwest Red Willow County.
Troopers discovered that the dog had several stab wounds and transported it to the Red Willow Animal Clinic, where it underwent emergency surgery. The dog had more than 15 stab wounds.
Veterinarians at the clinic were able to save the dog during a surgery that lasted longer than two hours. Since then, an anonymous donor from Colorado has covered all medical costs.
Earlier in the week, troopers had been called to a report of a transient man who was reportedly covered in blood. Upon arrival at the scene in northwest Red Willow County, troopers and Frontier County deputies located the man and observed blood on his clothes and hands.
Witnesses said the man had had two dogs with him in previous days, but only one dog was with him when troopers found him on Tuesday.
Troopers determined that the dog did not belong to him and took it to the animal shelter and transported the man to a shelter in North Platte.
Following the discovery of the second dog Wednesday, the man, James Wagner, 29, was sought on a charge of animal cruelty. He was then located Thursday at the Lincoln County Jail, where he had been lodged for shoplifting. He is being held on charges of felony animal cruelty from Red Willow County.