PHOENIX - It's a happy reunion for a Valley pet and her owner.
Phoenix police announced Monday on their Facebook page that Ryder, a 2-year-old pit bull who was severely abused and malnourished back in September, has been reunited with her owner.
An investigation revealed that Ryder was taken from her original owner by someone the victim knew, with the expectation of being returned. Ryder wasn't returned and was actually taken by a third person, identified as Corina Martinez, who now faces charges of animal abuse .
Ryder was discovered Sept. 28 in a Valley apartment complex tied to a door handle with a metal chain.
Phoenix police Officer James Holmes said back in October that "the chain had been applied so tightly, only the dog's hind feet could touch the floor."
He said the dog appeared to be weak, had no water and that her bones could been seen under the skin.
Ryder has been under the care of The Arizona Humane Society where she has "vastly improved," according to the Facebook post.
The pit bull was reunited with her owner in a tearful celebration on Tuesday.
"Alas, there was not enough tissue to go around," according to the post.
Police said officers used photos to establish ownership and that the animal abuse investigation is ongoing.