A two-year-old female bull mastiff was left starving and hanging by a chain link leash and collar to a doorknob by a Phoenix woman because she said the dog was vicious according to authorities on Wednesday as reported by azcentral.com.
Phoenix police arrived at the 10000 block of North 19th Ave on a domestic violence report at the home of Corina Ann Martinez, 28 when they discovered the undernourished dog hanging from a leash where only her back feet touched the ground. The dog's head was bent into her chest, and she was covered in urine.
When initially questioned, Martinez denied owning the dog named Ryder and told authorities she was only the caretaker for the dog. She couldn't remember when she last fed the dog, and admitted to recognizing the dog was suffering.
Ryder is now being cared for at the Arizona Humane Society and is still listed in critical condition although she is eating, and abcnews.com reports the dog is now walking around with the staff and making progress.
Martinez has been charged with felony animal cruelty.
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