A tawny colored pit bull named "Philly," has recently captured the heart of thousands.
Perhaps even more heart-warming than the gentle-eyed dog and his endearing personality, is the story of the special Los Angeles, Calif. police officers who came to his rescue when nobody else did.
On Friday, LA Weekly published the touching story about three Los Angeles police officers who rescued the injured dog off of the street just over a week ago.
Philly, named for the officers' sergeant, was spotted by the officers on Jan. 10. It turns out that the dog who was lying in the street had been struck by a car.
Locals filled the officers in on Philly's sad situation.
For five hours, Philly had not moved from the street, his body too battered for him to get up and walk away.
The officers did not leave Philly, nor did they contact animal control to take care of the problem - instead, they scooped him up and rushed him to a veterinarian for care.
At the veterinary hospital, a microchip was discovered, but when the officers visited the dog's owner, they found an individual who was unwilling to take back their injured dog, advising the officers that they should just have the dog put down instead.
Thankfully, Philly's heroes were unwilling to even ponder that option for a moment and they, once again, came to his aid.
The treating veterinary clinic, Advanced Veterinary Care Center, agreed to work out a payment plan with the officers. It turns out that the accident had seriously injured Philly and it would take extensive treatment to help bring him back to good health.
The officers have turned to Facebook to help raise funds to get Philly all of the care that he needs. Click here to read Philly's entire story and see how you can help.
Donations are being collected directly at the veterinary clinic as well:
Advanced Veterinary Care Center (please refer to "Philly")
15926 Hawthorne Blvd.
Lawndale, CA 90260
Or, donate via this link to his fundraising site.
Kudos to this compassionate team of Los Angeles police officers who not only chose to help Philly when he needed it most, but they have personally taken on his care to make sure that he is able to make a full recovery.
A heartwarming rescue story which goes a long way in restoring one's faith in humanity.
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