A dog was shot, tied to railroad tracks, and left to die under an oncoming train in Tampa, Florida, when police officers arrived just in time to stop the train and rescue the helpless animal. In an update to the heartbreaking news story, a Tampa news anchor reports that the injured dog is out of surgery and that veterinarians at Tampa Bay Veterinary Emergency Service were able to reconstruct her leg with pins.
“UPDATE: Cabela now out of surgery/in recovery. Leg was reconstructed w/pins. Doctors/nurses will be w/her all night,” writes WFLA-TV news anchor Melanie Michael.
Tampa Bay Veterinary Emergency Services confirmed the great news late Thursday night:
“Cabela came through surgery with flying colors and four legs. The surgeon decided to pin it instead of amputation. It will be 6 to 8 weeks before we know whether she will regain full use and motion.”
According to a Tampa Bay Times report on March 5, police received three calls from three different people that they heard gunfire around 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday evening. When officers arrived at the railroad tracks just north of Eskimo Drive in Tampa, they discovered a dog that was tied to the railroad tracks with a belt.
Officers discovered that the dog, a mixed breed of about 1 to 2 years of age, had been shot once above the right shoulder and twice in the neck. The dog was bleeding but alive.
Just as officers tried to free the shot dog from the tracks, a train was approaching. In the nick of time, the train was stopped and the dog – who officers nicknamed “R&R” — was rushed to the Tampa Bay Veterinary Emergency Center where she was renamed to Cabela.
Despite the successful rescue of Cabela from the train tracks, veterinarians originally feared that Cabela’s right leg would need to be amputated due to her severe injuries.
“Dr. Kathleen M. Meyer, president of Tampa Bay Veterinary Emergency Service, told NBC News that Cabela was treated for shock and was resting comfortably Thursday. ‘Unfortunately, due to extensive damage from the gunshot wound, she will probably have her front leg amputated tonight if she remains stable,’ Meyer said.”
WFLA-TV reporter Michael, however, wrote on Thursday night that she spent time with “this sweet gal,” and that her leg has been saved. Cabela is expected to remain at the hospital for an extended period of time and Tampa Bay Veterinary Emergency Service welcomes any donations for Cabela.
The news about the dog that was shot and tied to railroad tracks has prompted uproar on Twitter and Facebook. Police hope that the uproar will help to find the person who treated a dog in such a merciless way. “The Humane Society of Tampa Bay offered a $2,500 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the culprit, asking anyone with information to call 813-231-6130. Crime Stoppers offered an extra $3,000.”