A police officer in the right place at the right time is the reason an abused puppy is alive today. An officer from the Knoxville Police Department was parked beneath a city overpass at 3 am. He heard something unusual and that’s when things got scary.

A loud male voice was heard coming from the overpass, believed to be about 29 feet and 9 inches high. The loud voice was mixed with cursing. Within moments, the officer heard a loud impact and a dog whining in pain.

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He investigated and discovered a female puppy bleeding from her mouth, with abrasions all over her body, and what appeared to be a broken leg.

“Officers quickly transported her to the UT Veterinarian Medical Facility, where the staff determined that she did not appear to have life-threatening injuries,” Knoxville Police Department wrote on their Facebook page.

On return to the scene of the crime, officers found a wet spot on the overpass where the dog is believed to have been thrown. A car likely was parked in that spot.

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Although no suspects have been named, police hope tips from the general public will lead to an arrest. Anyone who has information is asked to call police at 865-215-7212 or the Animal Control Unit at 865-215-8640.

More about the story, an image of the dog, and how you can help can be seen by pressing play on the video below.