Two teenage boys have been arrested and charged with tying a female dog
to railroad tracks, shooting her and leaving her for dead in Sulphur Springs
earlier this month.
According to police, the dog they named “Cabela,” is a mixed-breed
that was purchased for dog fighting. They believe that she tied on the
railroad tracks and shot after her new owners realized that she was not
a good fighting dog.
N. Callaway and B. Hollinger, both just 17-years-old and from Tampa, are
facing an aggravated animal cruelty charge. Hollinger is facing a trespassing
charge for being on CSX property, and his accomplice, Callaway is facing
an armed trespassing charge. The police expect more arrests and charges
to be forthcoming.
As stories of the dog’s shooting spread globally, Tampa police were
flooded with thousands of comments on their Facebook page from animal
lovers in shock and disbelief. Police were also emotionally effected by
Sgt. Rich Mills, a 20-year veteran of the Tampa Police Department and the
first to rescue Cabela said that it touched him. Mills said that nothing
really prepares you to see a helpless animal tied so tight to the railroad
tracks that she’s literally pinned down.
After receiving tips about gunshots and a dog on the railroad tracks, Tampa
police officers discovered Cabela. The young pit bull mix was found tied
tight to the railroad tracks at the end of Eskimo Drive. She had been
shot twice near the neck, one of her legs were shattered and her paws
were stained with blood.
Officers rushed the dog to emergency care; despite her ordeal, Cabela’s
leg and her life were spared. She emerged from surgery with all limbs
intact thanks to the efforts of Tampa Bay Veterinarian Emergency Service.
Aggravated Animal Cruelty Charges in Florida
In Florida, aggravated cruelty to animals is covered under Sec. 828.12
(2). Under this section, a person who intentionally causes excessive or
unnecessary pain or suffering upon an animal is guilty of a felony of
the third degree, punishable by a fine not to exceed $10,000, or up to
5 years in prison, or both.
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