People.com Lifestyle Pets Virginia Man Adopts 'the Most Loving' Pit Bull Puppy He Saved After She Was Stabbed 7 Times Former police officer Brad Chambers treated the pit bull puppy named Smoke with a trauma kit after she ran under his car in bumper-to-bumper traffic By Glenn Garner Glenn Garner Instagram Twitter Glenn Garner is a Weekends Writer/Reporter who works heavily with PEOPLE's Movies and TV verticals. Since graduating from Northern Arizona University with a dual major in journalism and photography he got his professional start at OUT Magazine The Advocate and Teen Vogue and he's since consistently kept his finger on the pulse of the LGBTQ community. His first book The Guncle Guide was released in 2020 and was featured on Katie Couric's list of 100 recommended books of the year." People Editorial Guidelines Published on June 2, 2021 03:13 PM Share Tweet Pin Email A puppy in Virginia has gotten a new lease on life, after she was saved by her new owner. Brad Chambers of Portsmouth, Virginia, adopted the pit bull named Smoke after saving her life when she was allegedly stabbed seven times by her previous owner, according to KWTX 10. The former police officer found Smoke on May 18, after she ran under his truck in bumper-to-bumper traffic, bleeding from the stab wounds and minutes away from death, according to WTVR CBS 6. "The stab wound penetrated so deep into her neck that it damaged her trachea," Chambers told the outlet. "It was air escaping her trachea into her lung and chest cavity around her heart." Rescue Saves Dozens of Canines from Slaughter Ahead of the Yulin Dog Meat Festival He treated the animal with a trauma kit he had in his truck before rushing her to an animal hospital in Suffolk. Smoke eventually had to have surgery at North Carolina State's College of Veterinary Medicine. Fortunately, the puppy has now fully recovered from her injuries. "She's one of the most loving dogs I've ever met," said Chambers, who was able to cover the Smoke's $15,000 medical bill with the help from a fundraiser for the up. "She's recovered almost fully from all the surgeries. She's got a ton of energy, and her loyalty is pretty solid." Chambers swooped in to adopt Smoke after her previous owner forfeited ownership of the canine. Smoke is in the process of becoming a certified therapy dog. "This is a dog who needs to find a place that everyone around her is going to benefit from her lovingness, and yeah, I love dogs," Chambers said. "This is a dog that I get to share the next multiple seasons of my life with and all the memories that are to be had."