Authorities make two more arrests in Tampa dog abuse story
(WFLA.COM) TAMPA, Fla. – Tampa Police on Thursday arrested two additional suspects in connection with a disturbing animal cruelty case that made headlines around the world.
Also on Thursday, a Hillsborough County juvenile court judge allowed home detention for one of two Tampa teens previously arrested in the case.
Natwan Callaway and Bobby Hollinger, ages 17, appeared in a Hillsborough County juvenile court on Thursday morning. The pair was arrested Wednesday. They are accused of trying to kill a dog that had been purchased for fighting. Investigators say the teens and other unnamed suspects decided to kill the dog because it would not fight.
Tampa Police officers rescued the severely injured dog by untying her from railroad tracks on March 4. They were responding to multiple 911 calls about shots fired in the area when they came across the dog. The female dog survived and has since been nicknamed Cabela.
Investigators released new details about the crime after the teen’s arrest on Wednesday. They say Hollinger threw the dog into the woods and fired at her. The dog then ran back home and sat injured on the front porch. The teens allegedly caught her and brought her back to the tracks and then tied her to the tracks where Callaway allegedly shot her several times. The boys then left the area.
The teens appeared in court for the first time on Thursday morning. Callaway was charged with aggravated animal cruelty, armed trespassing and possession of a firearm. A Hillsborough County judge on Thursday ordered Callaway be held in secure detention, because of the weapon possession charge.
Hollinger was charged with aggravated animal cruelty and trespassing. On Thursday, the judge released Hollinger from custody and allowed him to have home detention and monitoring, because he is not charged with possession of a weapon. The teens are scheduled to appear in court again on April, 8.
Tampa Police on Thursday arrested two men who owned Cabela prior to her shooting; Darnell Devlin, 18, and Kenny Bell, 21.
Tampa Police officers and Hillsborough County Animal Services conducted a search warrant at a home on North 16th Street where Cabela lived before the shooting. Investigators say they found two additional dogs that had injuries consistent with dog fighting. Detectives say they also discovered evidence of dog fighting in the backyard. Investigators say Devlin and Bell admitted to owning the dogs as well as Cabela.
Both men were charged with two counts of possessing a dog for dog fighting.
WFLA News Channel 8 spoke with Alicia Young, who is the mother of Darnell Devlin and Kenny Bell. She insists her boys are innocent, they did not own Cabella, they did not sell Cabella and they are not in the fighting dog business at all.
Hillsborough County Animal Services took custody of both dogs.
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