Cabela before surgery – Google Image. Cabela doing well last Friday, March 6th after surgery. Photo: Courtesy WFLA-TV Facebook Page
Updated, revised 6:45 p.m. ET, March 13, 2015
On Thursday, Tampa Police arrested the two owners of Cabela. On Wednesday, police arrested 2 teenage boys who confessed to shooting and tying Cabela to the railroad tracks in the Sulphur Springs area and left to die. Tampa Police Sgt. Rich Miller described his squad’s rescue of Cabela on TPD’s Twitter Page in the tweets below:
“She didn’t fight and just accepted the help”
“Cabela was bought to be a dog fighter. She was too sweet-tempered to fight so the owners wanted to get rid of her.
Cabela’s owners, Darnell Delvin, 18, and Kenny Bell, 21, were arrested and charged with possession of fighting dogs.
The two 17-year old boys are charged with aggravated animal cruelty and trespassing. They were arrested Wednesday night, March 11th at 9330 North 30th Street in Tampa. During their investigation, detectives found surveillance video near the scene that showed 4 people walking to the railroad tracks with Cabela. The video showed the two men left and the two teenage boys stayed for a short time. An officer recognized one person in the video. The person identified two suspects. The two teens arrested were taken to the Juvenile Assessment Center.
Source: Tampa Police News Release, Tampa Tribune
Cabela, an abused mixed breed dog, is recovering from surgery Friday morning. Veterinarians were able to save her leg from amputation. Tampa Police officers rescued Cabela, who was found shot and tied to the railroad tracks in Tampa early Wednesday night (March 4th).
“She is recovering well from surgery. An orthopedic surgeon came in and put in pins and rods in the right front leg to stabilize it. There’s a chance it might save the leg. She’s still on pain medication…still on the road recovery. She is resting and eating well. Has long road of recovery ahead her…approximately 6-8 weeks, ” said Stephanie Leppert, receptionist at Tampa Bay Veterinary Emergency Services this morning.
Tampa Police are asking the public for any information about the people involved in this case of animal cruelty or about the dog’s owner.
At approximately 5:23 p.m. Wednesday, Tampa Police officers responded to 3 separate shots fired in the Sulphur Springs area of Tampa. Officer Gina Murphy found the dog approximately 100 feet north of Eskimo Drive. The 1-2 year old female mixed breed dog was shot and tied to the tracks.
Two police officers freed the dog from the tracks and rushed the dog to Tampa Bay Veterinary Emergency Services, 238 E. Bearss Avenue in Tampa. It’s located at Florida and Bearess Avenue in northeast Tampa. Phone: 813-265-4043.
On Thursday, Cabela was reported to be in stable condition and happy to be petted and comforted by people. Tampa Police and staff at TBVES say the dog’s shattered right front leg might be amputated.
If you have any information leading to the arrest of the people who injured this dog, you can remain anonymous and be eligible for a cash reward at Crimestoppers Tampa Bay.
Call Crimestoppers Tampa Bay at 1-800-TIPS (8477) or report your tip online at http://www.crimestopperstb.com. As of 5:30 p.m. Friday, WTSP-TV reported a $5,500 cash reward has been raised, so far.
The Tampa Bay Veterinary Emergency Services also is accepting online donations for Cabela’s surgery and recovery at http://www.TBVES.com.
Source: Tampa Police News Release, Tampa Bay Veterinary Emergency Services