TAMPA, Fla. (Reuters) - A Florida dog was tied to railroad tracks and shot twice, but survived after police rescued the animal before she was hit by an oncoming train, authorities said.

The mixed-breed dog, named Cabela, was in stable condition on Thursday but requires a leg amputation, according to the Tampa Police Department, which is investigating the case.

Police received three calls reporting gunshots fired early Wednesday evening near the railroad tracks in Tampa, according to a statement.

Officers found the dog, who had been shot in the neck and shoulder, tied to the tracks with a belt.

(Reporting by Letitia Stein)