Three officers stopped to help a severely injured dog whose owner didn’t want to save him after the pooch was hit by a car.
The 2-year-old pit bull-Shar Pei mix, who the caring officers named ‘Philly’ after an LAPD sergeant, had been struck at the corner of 108th Street and Central Avenue.
Witnesses told the officers the brown pooch had been suffering on the ground with his ribs exposed for at least five hours.
‘He was right there on Central for everyone to see,’ Officer Jennifer Cohen told NBC 4 in Southern California. ‘I honestly didn’t even think it was a dog when we first saw him.’
…The LAPD veteran and her fellow officers, Cindy Herrera and Valerie Lancaster, drove Philly to Advanced Veterinary Care Center in Lawndale, California, where the dog underwent emergency surgery for a broken front leg and two fractured ribs.
Philly was stitched up, had pieces of plastic removed from his stomach and was given an artificial elbow and cast for his injured leg.