Cabela, the Florida dog rescued by police after she was shot and tied to railroad tracks is resting comfortably after losing a lot of blood and will have her right foreleg amputated after she has become more stable.
Dr. Kathleen M. Meyer, president of Tampa Bay Veterinary Emergency Service, told reporters that Cabela was treated for shock and is now recuperating. “Unfortunately, due to extensive damage from the gunshot wound, she will probably have her front leg amputated tonight if she remains stable,” Meyer said.
Cabela was found tied with a belt to tracks in the Sulphur Springs area north of downtown Wednesday. The 1- to 2-year-old female mixed breed was shot in her neck above her right shoulder. Authorities stopped a train that was approaching as officers freed the dog, whom police nicknamed R&R, and rushed her to the clinic, where she was renamed Cabela.
Police reported there were no witnesses and that they still have no idea who tied Cabela to the railroad tracks. The Humane Society of Tampa Bay offered a $2,500 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person responsible. If you know any information regarding this case, you are urged to contact authorities at 813-231-6130.
The veterinary clinic has created a fundraising web page for donations to pay for her extensive medical costs.