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Three LAPD Officers Become "Foster Mommies" for Dog Struck by Car

1:07 pm - 01/20/2013


The officers agreed to raise funds for surgery expenses after finding an injured dog on a South LA sidewalk

Three police officers were returning to the LAPD Southeast Division station Jan. 10 when they stopped to help a dog whose owner did not want "to fix him" after the pit bull needed surgery for injuries suffered when he was struck by a car.


The brown pit bull-Shar Pei mix -- the officers named him "Philly" after an LAPD sergeant -- had been struck by the car at the corner of 108th Street and Central Avenue. Witnesses told the officers he had been suffering on the ground for at least five hours.

"He was right there on Central for everyone to see," said Officer Jennifer Cohen. "I honestly didn't even think it was a dog when we first saw him. His ribs were sticking out."

The officers brought Philly a plate of meat and bottle of water from a nearby taco truck. He raised his head, but Cohen said he was too injured and began crying when he tried to sit up and eat the food.

The eight-year LAPD veteran and her fellow officers drove the 2-year-old dog to Advanced Veterinary Care Center in Lawndale. Philly underwent emergency surgery for a broken front leg and two fractured ribs.

During the exam, the veterinarians noticed the dog had a tracking microchip embedded under his skin. The chip allowed the officers to call the owner, who did not react as they anticipated after she learned of the dog's rescue.

"We were excited, so we let her know," said Cohen. "She said her dog was loose, and we asked if she could get to Lawndale."

The owner said she was busy -- she would call back and come to the veterinary office later. She never called back, so the officers visited her residence.

"She basically said, put him to sleep," Cohen said.

The dog was surrendered to Officers Cohen, Cindy Herrera and Valerie Lancaster, who agreed they would raise funds for Philly's surgery expenses. Philly's injured leg now has an artificial elbow and cast.

Nearly 500 contributors had provided a total of $13,662 by Saturday morning.

"We're his foster mommies now, basically," Cohen said. "We trade off every couple of days, so he'll be in different homes. He's great around kids, and we give him different environments so he is ready to go to his forever home."

Philly will wear the cast -- it must be changed every three days -- for another 14 to 16 weeks. He developed a respiratory infection, but seems to be resting well, Cohen said.

The officers involved in the rescue are part of the Southeast Division's Jeopardy Program, a gang prevention-intervention program for ages 8 through 17 and their parents.

By Jonathan Lloyd. Saturday, Jan 19, 2013. Updated 4:11 PM PST


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hobnailedboots 20th-Jan-2013 08:39 pm (UTC)
adslakfs that's fantastic that they're taking care of him - but how awful of the owner.
tiddlywinks103 20th-Jan-2013 08:47 pm (UTC)
Well,that's nice. It's good the dog will have several little homes to visit, seems ideal for a pet who loves kids and families.

The owner could have been more empathetic about her own damn dog, but I understand when the injuries are so severe, and the cost so high, you just put the animal down.
eldvno 20th-Jan-2013 08:56 pm (UTC)
That is such a horribly specialist mentality.
kishmet 20th-Jan-2013 09:46 pm (UTC)
Meh, I wouldn't fault the owner that much for having the dog put down but this:

The owner said she was busy -- she would call back and come to the veterinary office later. She never called back, so the officers visited her residence.

...kind of implies to me this wasn't just making a tough but necessary decision. She was irresponsible enough to let her dog get loose in the first place and then she didn't even give enough of a crap to check up on him or anything.
queenweasley 21st-Jan-2013 03:09 am (UTC)
I would do anything to save my dog's life. IDK, maybe it's because I don't have too many other expenses, but my pets are part of my family and I couldn't put a price on their health and well-being.
fenris_lorsrai Tag suggestion20th-Jan-2013 09:23 pm (UTC)
needs the puppy! tag.

because look at its FAAAAAAAAAAAAAAACE. I wish to smoosh it kiss it on the noggin.
eldvno Re: Tag suggestion20th-Jan-2013 09:27 pm (UTC)
There is a puppy tag? RIGHT ON!
iolarah 20th-Jan-2013 09:36 pm (UTC)
Adorable dog! Disappointing that the owner refused to take responsibility for him (especially seeing that he was lying there injured for _five hours_!), but pretty awesome that people decided to take care of him. I hope he has a better life now.
16thcentmargot 20th-Jan-2013 09:47 pm (UTC)
omg i want to smooch his worried smooshy wrinkly brow.

Edited at 2013-01-20 09:49 pm (UTC)
soleiltropiques 20th-Jan-2013 10:56 pm (UTC)
Awww that picture!!! What a beautiful doggie. I'm so glad he's going better.

The heartlessness of people staggers me sometimes though -it's not that I'm against what people have said above about being able to afford veterinary care, it's the fact that this poor dog's owner didn't even care to visit him, for one, and that it sounds like she didn't care about the dog at all, really. What's sad is that it's hardly a unique situation. The number of animals that are abandoned and/or neglected is staggering, and so sad.

As a related story, we had a dog a few years ago (who has since passed away, to our great sadness). My mother was walking her in the local park one night when she started pulling my mom in a particular direction, towards a particular bush. My mother hadn't heard a thing initially but when she got nearer to the bush she realized that sounds were coming from the bush. In fact, they were meowing sounds.

She came home with the little creature she found that evening: a teeny tiny little kitten (shorthaired and completely white), which someone had obviously left to die. She was so young that she couldn't even eat catfood yet (we had an adult cat already aside from the dog so we tried that first). She was so little that she fell into the bowl of milk we tried to give her afterwards. Essentially, we managed to give her milk when I got the idea of trying with a medicine dropper.

She wound up being adopted by our nextdoor neighbours, and was their pampered pet for her entire life afterwards.

But it still staggers me that people can be that cruel. My mom also worried afterwards that maybe she may have missed another kitten nearby...
fenris_lorsrai 21st-Jan-2013 12:02 am (UTC)
we have a pond in our yard. we got two different cats from people throwing them in it attempting to drown them.

thank dog low cost spay and neuter clinics have seriously cut down the stray population or we'd still be having that happen.

people suck.
kyra_neko_rei 20th-Jan-2013 11:16 pm (UTC)
Some people's apathy just . . .

One of my neighbor's cats, years ago, was brought over to me by one of said neighbor's children, with an injured leg. He had been shot with a BB gun or similar and had a bullet hole through one forelimb and a bone broken. The neighbors being very paycheck-to-paycheck, I ended up covering most of the vet bill, to the tune of a couple hundred dollars, which I had trouble scraping up at that time too.

Years later I used that story as one of the truths in the exercise "two truths and a lie" that we did for an anthropology class (you tell people two true things and one lie about yourself and they try to guess which thing is the lie). No one in the whole classroom was ready to find it believable that I had actually chosen to drop two hundred bucks on a cat that wasn't even mine. The concept was so far off their empathy radar that they couldn't bring themselves to consider that it was, in fact, on mine.
soleiltropiques 20th-Jan-2013 11:22 pm (UTC)
Wow. All I can say is that thank goodness you were there to help. And you deserve to feel good about this!
maladaptive 21st-Jan-2013 02:15 pm (UTC)
That's nuts that they don't believe it. My mom takes in cats all the time (she has two-- TWO-- that she heard crying from inside the engine of two different cars, she has a finely-honed kitty-in-distress radar). It's never a question that she gets them vet care. Hell I see a cat or dog by the side of the road and I always stop, and if they're sick it's absolutely no question that I take them to the vet.

I didn't think it was all that unusual-- especially going through anthro where we mostly a bunch of sentimentalists.
herongale 23rd-Jan-2013 11:38 am (UTC)
Isn't that test more about assessing relative plausibility more than empathy radar, though? I'd have to hear the story compared to the other options to decide which was the lie. If the other two things were relatively more plausible, I would have picked that as the lie too... and I have no problem believing someone could be as generous as you describe yourself to have been.
ascendings 21st-Jan-2013 12:39 am (UTC)
poor baby :( i want to hug him forever
glass_houses 21st-Jan-2013 01:02 am (UTC)
Witnesses told the officers he had been suffering on the ground for at least five hours.

This should NOT be happening.
qara_isuke 21st-Jan-2013 02:13 am (UTC)
I've been following this story on my advocacy groups, and these ladies are amazing.
illusivevenstar 21st-Jan-2013 02:22 am (UTC)
What a sad story, but it also shows how good people can be.

I try not to be hard on people when it comes to their pets...we aren't perfect. But if you can't be assed to keep your dog leashed in an area with heavy traffic, yeah, I'm going to judge you and think you're a dick. RME.
schmanda 21st-Jan-2013 03:12 am (UTC)
I've been following this little guy since last week. Between him and the dog (also likely another pittie mix -- dammit, people, cut that shit out) in Texas a week before who was shot in the face and eyes with birdshot and left in a garbage bag, I'm full of all the feels.

Basically, I'm up to about 90% using Facebook to follow the recovery of abused/abandoned dogs.
homasse 21st-Jan-2013 07:15 am (UTC)
That owner sounds like she just did not give a fuck. I can see not having the money and putting your pet down, but I can't see not even returning the phone call or going to be with your pet when you put it down.
lolahead 21st-Jan-2013 06:10 pm (UTC)
Sadly, there are so many people who just don't care about animals, even their own pets. Seems to me like this lady probably didn't have the money to take care of it, and I'm sure this happens more often than not when pets get sick or injured.

But on another note: OMFG that dog is so freakin' adorable! He'll have a permanent home in no time.
ultra_obscene84 22nd-Jan-2013 02:18 am (UTC)
Aww poor doggie.
roseofjuly 22nd-Jan-2013 05:36 am (UTC)
I don't understand the owner. You cared enough to have the dog microchipped, but not enough to come visit him at the vet?

Edited at 2013-01-22 05:37 am (UTC)
wowsolovely 22nd-Jan-2013 09:07 am (UTC)
I do love this story though because there are a lot of bad stories about cops shooting pit bulls for no reason. I really love that these officers went out of there way to help this sweet dog.
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