The team of people that saved a dog tied to railroad tracks and left for dead earlier this month has been honored for their efforts.
Tampa police Sgt. Rich Mills found the 2-year-old mixed breed pit bull bloodied and tied to railroad tracks March 4 in the Sulphur Springs area. Mills and other officers freed the dog and rushed her to an area veterinarian.
"Cabela was there, she was helpless," Mills said. "She wasn’t crying, she wasn’t wimpering, there was just no emotion, except for she was literally looking at us like, 'Please help me.' "
Vets operated on the dog, named Cabela by the officers, and was able to save the animal's leg. She is expected to make a full recovery and by adopted.
That recovery is because of Mills, two other officers and the team at Tampa Bay Veterinarian Emergency Services. That group, along with five detectives who investigated the dog fighting ring, were honored at today's Tampa City Council meeting.
"I’m humbled by the whole thing," Mills said. "And I’m just glad that we were able to get Cabela help and we were able to bring awareness and I’m very glad the community came together the way it did to solve a crime in their community and we were able to arrest who we arrested."
Meanwhile, four people have been arrested in the case, including two juveniles.
Police said brothers, 21-year-old Kenny Bell and Darnell Devlin, 18, are staying in jail on dogfighting charges.
According to court records, the men told police they bought Cabela to partake in dog fighting, but she was too nice to fight.
A Tampa Police spokesperson said the teens were charged because they admitted to dog fighting, along with the fact that Cabela and other dogs found at the adult's home had injuries "consistent with fighting."