Police officers in Tampa Florida rescued a dog that had been shot and tied to some railroad tracks.
Police responded to the area after three calls came in around 5:23 p.m. Just north of Eskimo Drive, Officer Gina Murphy found a 1- or 2-year-old mixed breed dog that had been shot twice in the neck and above the right shoulder and tied to railroad tracks with a belt, but was alive.
Officers Nick Wilson and Sgt. R. Mills freed the dog from the tracks and rushed her to the Tampa Bay Veterinary Emergency Service. Tampa police have named the sweet dog “Cabela.”
As of Thursday morning, Cabela is in stable condition, resting and getting ready for surgery.
Dr. Niedenn at the Tampa Bay Veterinary Emergency Service says Cabela needs to have her leg amputated, but that she’s not strong enough for surgery yet. Once her breathing is stronger the vet will perform surgery Thursday or Friday.
Niedenn describes the dog as a “good girl” but a little nervous and intimidated.
Police now want to hear from anyone with information about the dog’s owner. You can contact the department at 813-231-6130 or through Crime Stoppers at 1-800-873-TIPS.