PORTSMOUTH, Va. - "Traffic on Effingham was bumper to bumper," said Brad Chambers.
Chambers and his landscaping crew sat in lunch time traffic Tuesday afternoon in Downtown Portsmouth.
"We saw someone on a moped trying to corral a puppy out of the street," he told News 3.
A puppy in distress that made its way under Chambers' truck.
"When I looked under the car, it looked like a sweet puppy," said Chambers.
As he went to grab the pit bull mix and bring it to safety, he was stunned.
"All you could see is pouring of blood everywhere and puncture wounds," he explained. "I called out to my employees to get towels and get my trauma kit fast."
Chambers, a former police officer, had a trauma kit he says can be used for an active shooter situation in his work truck. He used it to stop the bleeding from the dog's jugular vein and carotid artery.
"She was doing the kind of breathing you do before dying, so I immediately put quick clot on her neck," he said.
Fire and rescue crews in Portsmouth also responded to the dog in grave condition.
News 3 has learned that Portsmouth Police are pursing animal cruelty charges against 31-year-old Darrel Lollis. He was taken into custody near High Street Tuesday.
"The crews got the puppy up onto a stretcher into the back of ambulance," Chambers said.
The female dog, not even a year old, was rushed to a vet in Suffolk after undergoing surgeries that Chambers has paid out of pocket for.
"Not only does dog deserve to live, everyone deserves the ability to contribute to a community effort," said Chambers.
He is now raising money to help save the dog vet techs have named "Smoke."
"I am pretty emotionally invested in the dog, and I have the family to offer it and the compassion where it could live a fulfilling life," he said.
To donate to the dog's vet expenses, click here.