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2 Tampa Teens Arrested In Case Of Dog Tied To Train Tracks.

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Cabela, a 1-year-old mixed breed dog who was rescued after being shot and tied to railroad tracks in Tampa, has captured a nation’s heart, while police have announced four arrests in connection with the dog’s abuse. Tampa cops said the young pit bull mix — now named Cabela — had apparently been sold for illegal dogfighting but was deemed “too sweet-tempered,” NBC News reported. They are charged with aggravated animal cruelty charges after authorities found the dog tied to the train tracks and suffering from two gunshot wounds on March 4.

Based on a tip, police found a surveillance video that showed the pooch being led to the CSX tracks by several people, one of whom cops recognized from other encounters, Detective Sgt. Cops found the 1- to 2-year-old female March 4 in the city’s Sulphur Springs neighborhood — tied with a belt to the tracks and with gunshot wounds in the neck.

Hollinger allegedly shot Cabela and threw her into woods after she didn’t fight, cops said, but the wounded dog made her way back home and sat on the front porch. Stories of the dog’s shooting spread internationally and Tampa police received thousands of comments on their social media pages from animal lovers expressing outrage over the incident. Police said they, too, were emotionally affected. “Nothing really prepares you to see a helpless animal tied so tight to a railroad track that she is literally pinned down,” said Sgt.

Rich Mills, a 20-year veteran of the Tampa Police Department and military veteran who was one of the first to come to Cabella’s aid. “It touched me.” Mills said he and his squad were one of three units to initially respond to shots fired along the railroad tracks south of Busch Boulevard. He described the situation as “eerie.” Mills said his officers fashioned a makeshift muzzle, placed it around the pit bull mix’s mouth and carried her to a squad car.

Those at the Tampa Bay Veterinary Emergency Service clinic feared Cabella might lose a leg, but surgery proved successful, and she emerged with all limbs intact, a rod in the injured leg.

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