Police are searching for the person, or persons, who shot a dog and then tied her to railroad tracks in Tampa, Florida, WTSP is reporting.
— Danica Lawrence (@Danica10News) March 5, 2015
Officers responded to a “shots fired” call at around 5:30 p.m. Wednesday night after witnesses reporting hearing gunshots. While investigating, police found the dog tied to train tracks with a belt. Police stopped an oncoming train to rescue her.
The dog, at first nicknamed R&R but now nicknamed Cabela, had three bullet wounds: two in the neck and one above the right shoulder, according to WFLA.
The dog was taken to Tampa Bay Emergency Veterinary Center.
Cabela is estimated to be a mixed-breed female, 1- to 2-years-old. Veterinary staff describe her as a “good girl,” but skittish and intimidated.
Unfortunately, Cabela will have to have her right leg amputated, but she’s expected to survive. Doctors are waiting until her vital signs are stabilized before attempting surgery.
Dr. Davison @ Tampa Bay Vet emergency service said that “Cabela” aka R&R is a sweet/good tempered dog and is expected to survive #TPDrescue
— TampaPD (@TampaPD) March 5, 2015
Unfortunately, Cabela’s is not the only story of horrific animal cruelty to make the news this winter. Last month, according to this Inquisitr report, a dog was found, half-starved, locked inside a doghouse that had been boarded up and nailed shut. The dog, nicknamed Walter Worthy Higgins, made a full recovery.
Walter Worthy Higgins loves his bed! That’s ok Walter. ❤️ it’s part of being a normal dog. pic.twitter.com/Wwc3PddgvY
— Ghetto Rescue (@ghettorescue) February 25, 2015
As of this post, police have no leads on who shot the dog and tied her to the railroad tracks, and they have no motive either. Tampa police are asking for the public’s help in identifying the culprit.
[Image courtesy of: WTSP]