PHOENIX - Police arrested a woman for animal cruelty after a domestic violence call over the weekend in Phoenix.
In a news release Wednesday, Phoenix police spokesman James Holmes said officers were called out to an apartment Saturday near Peoria and 19th avenues.
When officers arrived, they found a severely emaciated Bullmastiff attached to a door knob of one of the bedrooms with a large, linked chain, Holmes said.
"The chain had been applied so tightly, only the dog's hind feet could touch the floor," Holmes said.
The 2-year-old female, Ryder, had her head down into her chest, he said. Officers saw she had urinated on herself and the floor.
There was no water nearby for Ryder, and she appeared to be weak, according to Holmes. Almost all of her bones could be seen under the skin.
The suspect, 28-year-old Corina Ann Martinez, was asked why the dog was hanging from the door. She reportedly said the dog was being vicious.
She also said the dog was not hers and she was just watching her, Holmes said.
Officers dealt with the domestic violence issues and then took Ryder away from the home.
Police then interviewed Martinez on Monday. She initially said she didn't know the dog was left hanging from the door.
Martinez also couldn't tell police how long the dog was tied to the door and when the dog had last eaten.
Police determined Martinez was the primary caregiver of the dog and that she knew the dog was in physical distress. She was arrested and booked for cruelty to animals.
Martinez's 27-year-old live-in boyfriend was hospitalized for an unknown reason. He may also be charged with animal cruelty, Holmes said.
The dog Ryder was taken to the Arizona Humane Society in critical condition.
Holmes said she was doing much better Wednesday as she walked around with staff.
She has been eating on a schedule and is slowly progressing, Holmes said.
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