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Survivor dog: Shot and tied to railroad tracks, 'Cabela' has leg amputated after police rescue

In this Wednesday, March 4, 2015 photo made available by the Tampa Police Department, Sgt. Rich Mills carries an injured female dog that was left tied to a railroad track in Sulfur Springs, Fla. Tampa police found the dog, who had been shot repeatedly, fastened to the tracks with a belt. The dog is expected to survive after one of her legs was amputated Thursday. (AP Photo/Tampa Police Department)

In this Wednesday, March 4, 2015 photo made available by the Tampa Police Department, Sgt. Rich Mills carries an injured female dog that was left tied to a railroad track in Sulfur Springs, Fla. Tampa police found the dog, who had been shot repeatedly, fastened to the tracks with a belt. The dog is expected to survive after one of her legs was amputated Thursday. (AP Photo/Tampa Police Department)  (The Associated Press)

A dog that was tied to railroad tracks and shot repeatedly was expected to survive after her leg was amputated Thursday.

Tampa Police received three calls around 5:23 p.m. Wednesday from people reporting hearing gunshots. Once on the scene, they heard a dog whimpering while canvassing the neighborhood, and followed the sound to nearby train tracks.

They found the dog, a mixed-breed female about a year or two old, fastened to the tracks with a belt and with gunshot wounds in its neck and right shoulder.

They were able to free the dog, which officers named "Cabela," and rushed her to a veterinarian. She underwent surgery Thursday to remove her injured right front leg.

"It's very calm and relaxed and just in recovery mode at this point," said Officer Derek Lang, a police spokesman.

None of the individuals who had called police had seen anyone with a gun or were aware of the dog being injured, police said, so they put out a public appeal for anyone with information to come forward.