Police Save Pitbull Left for Dead

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LOS ANGELES — After a pitbull was struck by a car and left on an LA sidewalk for five hours, three LAPD police officers spotted his still-wagging tail rushed him to an emergency vet clinic.

The pitbull suffered two broken ribs and a shattered leg. Veterinarians discovered a radio-frequency ID tag under the dog’s skin, which allowed police to notify the owner. But the owner made it clear the $10,000 medical bill was too much.

“We can’t afford it,” the owner told LAPD officer Jennifer Cohen. “Put him down. We don’t want him.”

The officers asked the owner to sign the dog over to them — and they did. Now Philly — named after the officer’s sergeant — has three adoptive owners. They started a Facebook page detailing his recovery and are accepting donations to help pay for his medical expenses.

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