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Police Stop Train to Save Dog Tied to Tracks

Posted March 05, 2015 in A Pet's Life

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A dog was recused by Tampa police Wednesday night after being tied to the railroad tracks and shot at, reported by M. Alex Johnson of NBC News.

Tampa police received three phone calls about shots being fired which lead them to the dog tied to the tracks with a belt. Luckily, police stopped an oncoming train just in time to safely remove the dog.

The 1- to 2-year-old mixed breed female was rushed to Tampa Bay Veterinary Emergency Center to be treated for two bullet wounds in her neck. 

Fortunately, Cabela (the name given to the dog by the Tampa police) is stable and will survive this traumatic event, but her front right leg will have to be amputated.

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As of now the police don’t know who tied this poor dog to the track and are asking for any information on the offender or the dog’s guardian.


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Tori has more than 2 years of experience in the pet health industry and is junior editor of IDEXX’s Pet Health Network team.

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