Sergeant R. Mills and his squad then hurried the dog, dubbed Cabela, to the Tampa Bay Veterinary Emergency Center. After being stabilized, the dog's gentle personality came shining through - making the act of cruelty she'd been subjected to all the more inexplicable.
"She's the sweetest," veterinarian Jamie Davidson told CNN. "I mean she's not angry with people. She's not growling. She's been really really good."
Sadly, Cabela's injuries will reportedly require one of her front legs to be amputated, but she is expected to recover, after which the lovable dog will be available for adoption. The police department says the search is underway for the person behind this shocking case of animal cruelty:
"We are still looking for suspects!! Please help us by reporting any tips to crime stoppers @ www.crimestopperstb.com or call 800-873-TIPS."
To learn how you can help victims of animal cruelty, visit the ASCPA or the Humane Society of the United States.