Two 17-year-old boys were arrested in Florida Wednesday on suspicion of shooting a dog and tying her to railroad tracks last week.
Police say the dog, Cabela, had been sold for use in illegal dogfighting but was "too sweet-tempered," so the teens decided to kill her, according to NBC News. The suspects, identified as Natwan Callaway and Bobby Hollinger, were charged as adults with aggravated animal cruelty and trespassing.
Cabela, who was found bleeding and scared last Wednesday by police officers in Tampa, has been reunited with her original owners, according to the Tampa Bay Veterinary Emergency Service.
"Cabela is doing very well, her bandage was removed last night and she is already bearing a small amount of weight on her leg," the center wrote on its Facebook page. "Her chances of making a full recovery are improving."
Police say Hollinger shot Cabela in the shoulder when she wouldn't fight, NBC News reports. The dog ran back to the home she'd escaped from four months before she was sold into dogfighting, but Hollinger and Callaway allegedly tracked her down, took her to the railroad and tied her to the tracks. There, Callaway shot her several times, police said. The pair allegedly admitted to their crimes.
"Nothing gets you ready to see a helpless dog tied to a railroad tracks," said Sr. Sgt. Rich Mills, who rescued the dog.
Investigators say there may be more arrests in the dogfighting case.