Tampa police officers rescue dog found shot 3 times, tied to railroad tracks BY Joel Landau NEW YORK DAILY NEWS Thursday, March 5, 2015, 10:24 AM Tampa Police Department Tampa Police Sgt. R. Mills helped rescue a dog that was found shot three times and tied to railroad tracks Wednesday. Tampa police stopped an oncoming train moments before it struck a dog that was tied to the tracks and had been shot three times Wednesday. Cops rescued the female pit bull mix, between 1 and 2 years old, that was expected to survive the despicable act of animal cruelty, though her right leg will need to be amputated, the Tampa Police Department said. The Florida police department received three separate phone calls at 5:23 p.m. Wednesday of a shooting in the city's Sulphur Springs neighborhood. When officers arrived they discovered the animal, named Cabela, tied to the tracks with a belt. They found the animal in the nick of time as a train was approaching. Cops stopped the train before it reached the helpless animal. Officer Nick Wilson and Sgt. R. Mills freed the canine and rushed her to the Tampa Bay Veterinary Emergency Center. Tampa Police Department The mixed breed canine named Cabela was rushed to the Tampa Bay Veterinary Emergency Center and was in stable condition. Her right leg will need to be amputated. Cabela had been shot twice in the neck and once in the right shoulder, but was still alive, police said. The animal is listed in stable condition but her right leg will be amputated, police said. The department and veterinary center did not immediately return calls seeking comment Thursday morning for an update on Cabela's condition. The department is now asking the public for any information that could lead to the person responsible for this crime. Dog found shot in Tampa; investigation underway WPTV - West Palm, FL Dr. Jamie Davidson, who treated the animal at the center and named her, told CNN Cabela should be rehabilitated within a week. "Dogs rebound quick," Davidson said. "Really, after everything that this dog has gone through … she's the sweetest. I mean she's not angry with people. She's not growling. She's been really really good."