Here's what happened: The officers were on their way to southeast police station when they saw the sad looking, crumpled brown pit bull on the side of the road at 108th and Central. When they tried to give him water, they were told by residents the animal had been there for over five hours. Everyone had assumed he was dead after being hit by a car.
They put the barely moving (except for a wagging, grateful tail) in the car and took him to the vet where they found out he'd need surgery, and that he was actually microchipped. Thinking the owners must be looking for him, they quickly went to their home, to explain the situation.
To their utter surprise, the owners said they didn't care, didn't want to pay vet bills and to just "put him down."
"Excuse me? No way!" is how the officers put it, as they quickly had the owner sign over the dog to them. They knew this was a great dog, and would do anything to save him.
The dog had leg surgery, and Philly, (who happens to be the name of one of their favorite co workers) is now part of officer Lancaster's family!