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Dog’s leg amputated after being shot, tied to train tracks

    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)

TAMPA, Fla. >> A dog that was tied to railroad tracks and shot 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. Then they heard a dog whimpering while canvassing the neighborhood, and followed the sound to nearby train tracks.

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

They were able to free the dog before any trains came, and nicknamed her "Cabela." They rushed her to a veterinarian, and 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.

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