On March 4th, Tampa, Florida police officers were called to a very disturbing scene. Though they”re no strangers to the terrible situations that they meet with on a daily basis, this case had them especially unsettled by the human capacity for cruelty.
While responding to a call of shots fired in the Sulphur Springs area, officers discovered this young Pit Bull mix with two gunshot wounds in her neck, tied to the train tracks.
Warning: some photos may be graphic.
This is where officers found her tied up…
But against all odds, the strong girl was still alive.
Senior Sergeant R. Mills carried the pup away from the tracks. She was quickly delivered to Tampa Bay Veterinary Emergency Service.
She was able to walk, but only very slowly and with a painful limp.
But despite the pain, nurses say she was still in good spirits.
She was then treated by Dr. Niedenn who explained the sweet girl, now named Cabela, would need amputation.
However, before she could undergo any surgery, she needed to rest up and balance her breathing.
Dr. Niedenn described Cabela as a “good girl” who was understandably intimidated and nervous after her ordeal.
Police hope that by spreading her photos around, they will be able to find the people responsible for her cruel treatment.
Check out this news clip for more information on the brave girl:
(via WFLA, Little Things, ABC Action News)
Along with door-to-door investigations by the police, Crime Stoppers of Tampa Bay and the Humane Society of Tampa Bay are each offering monetary rewards for information that could help lead to the conviction of the culprits.
Hopefully with the help of the community, those responsible will be brought to justice soon. In the meantime, Cabela has a lot of healing to do. If you”d like to donate to her medical bills and recovery costs, you can do so here.