Abandoned on a Los Angeles sidewalk for five hours after being hit by a car, a pitbull named Philly was near death when three LAPD officers found him. Noticing that his tail was still moving -- if only slightly -- the cops rushed the dog to the emergency room of a local animal hospital, hoping to save his life.
The pitbull also two broken ribs and a shattered leg.
After taking him to the Advanced Veterinary Care Center, where veterinarians found a radio-frequency ID tag embedded under the dog's skin, the officers tracked down the pitbull's owner. Unfortunately, the owners were not keen to pay the dog's hefty $10,000 medical bill.
Speaking to KTTV, LAPD officer Jennifer Cohen recalled that the owner said, in no uncertain terms: "We can't afford it. Put him down. We don't want him."
So the officers asked the owner to sign the dog over to them. Now, Philly -- named after the officers' sergeant -- has three moms.
"We couldn't let him go. We couldn't just walk away," officer Cindy Herrera told KTTV.
Cohen, Herrera and the third officer, Valerie Lancaster, adopted Philly and started a Facebook page to document his rescue and recovery. They also started a donation site through ChipIn to raise funds for the veterinarian bill.
The LAPD officers are not the only cops who have fallen for a rescue dog. In August, Baltimore City officer Dan Waskiewicz responded to a report of a "vicious dog," and fell in love with the pitbull he found. Though Waskiewicz initially transported the canine to a local shelter, he ultimately decided to give him a new home -- with him.
See more photos of Philly the pitbull on his Facebook page, Rescuing Philly.