According to Wednesday's ABC 15 News, an emaciated Bullmastiff was found hanging from a doorknob inside of an apartment in Phoenix, Ariz., over the weekend.
The 2-year-old dog, named "Ryder," was inside of 28-year-old Corina Ann Martinez's residence and the police were there in response to a domestic violence call.
Responding officers noted that the chain tethering Ryder to the door was so tight that only her back feet touched the floor. Martinez initially denied that the dog was her responsibility, and she told the officers that the dog was tethered because she was "vicious."
While chained, Ryder was described as "weak," and she had her head hanging down to her chest; her skeletal body was covered in urine and there was no access to food or water.
After Martinez was arrested and questioned, she admitted that she was the primary care-provider for the dog. According to KPHO News, the woman could not tell officers the last time that the dog had been fed, or how long she had been hanging from the door.
Martinez is facing a felony animal cruelty charge and Ryder is recovering from her neglect at the Arizona Humane Society where she is said to be in critical condition.
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