Dog’s leg amputated after being shot, tied to train tracks


TAMPA, Fla. — A dog that was tied to railroad tracks and shot was expected to survive after her leg was
amputated Thursday.
Tampa Police received three calls around 5:23 p.m. Wednesday from people reporting hearing gunshots. When
they heard a dog whimpering while canvassing the neighborhood, they followed the sound to nearby train
tracks. They found the mixed-breed female dog, about a year or two old, fastened to the tracks with a
belt, suffering from bullet wounds in its neck and right shoulder.
They alerted the train operator to halt any oncoming traffic as they got the dog off the track, then
rushed her to a veterinarian. Bullet fragments were found throughout the dog’s body and led to the
amputation of her right front leg, where multiple fragments were found. The dog was in stable condition
"It’s very calm and relaxed and just in recovery mode at this point," said Officer Derek Lang,
a police spokesman.
None of the individuals who had called police had seen anyone with a gun or were aware of the dog being
injured, police said, so they put out a public appeal for anyone with information to come forward and
tips have flowed in. "All of the tips are leading officers in the right direction," said Sgt.
Gary Coller, one of the officers who responded to the incident.
The officers named the dog Cabela.
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