Surgeon saves leg of Fla. dog found shot, tied to train tracks

March 6th, 2015 by Staff

Tampa Police found the injured dog on Wednesday afternoon while responding to shots fired call.

(TBO.COM) TAMPA, Fla. – A veterinary surgeon early today saved the leg of a Cabela the dog, who was found shot and bound to train tracks earlier this week.

The surgeon decided to use pins on the right-front leg instead of amputating, according to Tampa Bay Emergency Veterinary Service.

She came through surgery with “flying colors and four legs,” the clinic said in a Facebook post.

It will be six to eight weeks before veterinarians know whether Cabela will regain full use of the leg, the clinic said. It is still possible the leg will need to be amputated, but the clinic is hopeful she will heal.

It had been feared the 1-year-old mixed-breed female would lose the leg after she was was found with two gunshot wounds by Tampa police. Officers were responding Wednesday afternoon to reports of shots fired in the area.

Police are investigating to find out who shot the dog in the neck and shoulder and left it for dead. The Humane Society of Tampa Bay is offering a $2,500 reward and Crime Stoppers is offering a $3,000 reward for anyone with information that leads to an arrest.

Police have put out a public appeal for anyone with information to come forward and tips have flowed in.

The veterinary clinic said it has been inundated with calls from people wanted to adopt Cabela, the name given to the dog by police after she was rescued.

The clinic has also provided a donations web page for people who wish to help pay for Cabela’s care through the Veterinary Care Foundation. Contributions above what is necessary to cover Cabela’s care will be used for other animals rescued by the clinic.

Officers had to delay a train while they worked to free the dog from the tracks. After she was rescued, police rushed her to the clinic.

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