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Case against man accused of shooting, beating Trooper the dog with a hammer dismissed

In 2018, when Trooper was found, he was covered in feces and urine that burned through his flesh

ST. FRANCOIS COUNTY, Mo. — The case against the man accused of abusing a dog in 2018 has been dismissed.

In February 2018, Jason Edward Hampton was accused of shooting and hitting Trooper the dog with a hammer. Hampton was facing second-degree animal abuse.

A Madison County Circuit Court clerk confirmed the case was dismissed. An email notification went out via a court tracking system on Feb. 18 that the case had been dismissed.

When Trooper was found, he was covered in feces and urine that burned through his flesh. He was barely alive, and had been dumped in a ditch with no food, and nothing but rainwater for three weeks before he was found.

Trooper spent time getting hydrotherapy at Healing Paws Rehab in Ballwin. He also spent time getting acupuncture and laser therapy in Town and Country.

In Dec. 2018, he was adopted into a loving, forever home.

Feb. 19 was the two-year anniversary of the day Trooper was found in a ditch.

Team Trooper on Facebook shared the following message Wednesday morning,

"Confirmed via phone conversation with the Madison County Clerk this morning, Robbins dismissed the case, no hearing necessary, this is 100% his decision. Madison County, he is your elected Prosecuting Attorney."

No reason was given as to why the case was dropped.

'Team Trooper' shared a letter they wrote to Missouri State Attorney General Eric Schmitt:

We are once again asking Missouri State Attorney General Eric Schmit... t to represent the people of Missouri and we need your help. Write/call/email and get the word out. "We ask again, please appoint an independent special prosecuting attorney to investigate and file charges against Jason Hampton for the felony crime he committed.

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