Tampa Police arrest pair of teens for shooting dog found tied to railroad tracks
(BTLS Staff) TAMPA, Fla. – Tampa Police have arrested a pair of juveniles for shooting a dog and leaving it to die on some railroad tracks.
Bobby Hollinger, 17, and Natwan Callaway, 17, are facing a variety of charges including animal cruelty and trespassing.
According to a Tampa Police Department report officers were dispatched to Eskimo Dr. in Sulphur Springs on March 4th in response to a shots fired call. The suspects were taken into custody just after 9 pm Wednesday the report states.
When they arrived at the scene they found a canine – given the name Cabella – tied to the tracks with multiple gunshot wounds. Since the crime TPD detectives received several tips in the case that led them to Hollinger and Callaway.
During the course of their investigation detectives learned the dog was purchased to fight. When ‘Cabella’ showed no signs of aggression and refused to mix it up with the other dogs the teens decided to ‘get rid of her.’
The two suspects – along with other unidentified persons – took the dog to the tracks where they tossed the animal into a wooded area and fired several shots at her. Cabella, now injured, ran back home and sat on the front porch.
Hollinger and Callaway caught the dog, took her back to the tracks, tied her up and shot her several times. Investigators found surveillance video shot in the area on March 4th showing the suspects walking the dog to the tracks; several minutes later they were observed running away from the tracks without Cabella.
The suspects were identified and questioned.
The report states they admitted to shooting the dog and leaving it for dead.
Hollinger and Callaway were transported to the Juvenile Assessment Center for evaluation. Charges are pending against one or more suspects involved in the case.