There has been yet another story in the news involving a pit bull and police.

This time, there is a twist.

Picture a busy street in Los Angeles, filled with people, all going about their business, no one appearing to notice the dog laying by the side of the road. No one, until three LAPD officers happened to spot the animal.

Seeing the dog’s tail move and his emaciated condition they went to a nearby taco stand and got a plate of meat and some water, thinking the dog was just hungry and neglected.

When the dog tried to stand to eat it yelped in pain, telling the officers a different tale. People in the area told them that the dog had been hit by a car and had been laying there for five hours. The three immediately took the dog to Advanced Veterinary Care Center where vets found that the dog had been micro chipped.

This gave the officers hope. The dog had a family. Someone had to be missing him.

KTTV Fox 11 quoted one of the officers, Jennifer Cohen as saying the owners told them: “We can’t afford it. Put him down. We don’t want him.” So, they had the owner sign away his rights to the dog.

“We couldn’t let him go, we couldn’t walk away.” Officer Cindy Herrera told KTTV Fox 11.

So, Cohen, Herrera and officer Valerie Lancaster found themselves as three moms, united in saving the beautiful red pit bull whom they shrewdly named Philly, after their sergeant. They told the vet to do what had to be done.

Philly had two broken ribs and a severely broken left front leg, leading the vets to have to implant screws, pins, and an artificial elbow, in addition to dealing with Philly’s emaciated state. Philly’s vet bills are expected to top out around $10,000.00, but the officers are as determined as Philly is. They have set up a facebook page: Rescuing Philly and a chipin for those who wish to help with the veterinary bills.

No word yet on how custody is going to work out, but as far as Philly is concerned, it’s happily ever after.

Written by Trisha Lewis