Dog gets new life in Maryland after abuse by owner in West Virginia

Published: Dec. 11, 2019 at 10:07 PM EST
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Trotter, a pitbull whose former name was Casper, is living a new life in Baltimore, Maryland. But, before being in his now loving home, Trotter suffered devastating injuries at the hands of his former Mineral Wells owner.

Tammara Briggs was arrested and charged with cruelty to animals in November of 2016 after an x-ray and MRI showed Casper had a fractured spine and broken ribs, and the unfortunate reality that he'd never walk on his own again due to rear-end paralysis.

Locals became outraged over the mistreatment of the animals.

Deputies removed 7-week-old Trotter and a second pit bull from Briggs' Mineral Wells home and they were taken to the Humane Society of Parkersburg.

Trotter was transferred to a rescue in Maryland and ultimately adopted by Kim Defelice and her husband. They've been caring for and adapting to all of Trotter's needs, ever since.

Defelice says the pup's story has sparked advocacy for other abused dogs and a huge following on his 'Trotter Boy' Facebook page.

As for Briggs, she was found guilty of animal cruelty and received a 6-month home detention. She is also not allowed to own animals for a certain period of time.