MCSO: Daniella Tavena arrested for not seeking care for pet dog, Pig, hit by car months ago

GUADALUPE, AZ - A 43-year-old woman has been arrested for not providing her dog with medical care after it was hit by a car months ago.

Sheriff Joe Arpaio said Daniella Tavena admitted to deputies that her chow mix dog, Pig, was injured after being hit by a car in May and she failed to take him to an animal hospital.

She also admitted to authorities that she knew the dog was suffering, but still didn't seek medical attention.

Deputies were called to her home near Interstate 10 and Baseline Road in Guadalupe and found the pet severely thin, malnourished, had open sores on its legs and was paralyzed.

The dog was transported to Palm Glenn Animal Hospital, but had to be put down, according to Arpaio.

"Anyone who accepts or cares for a pet must be in a position to properly care for that animal," he said. "Food, water and medical care are their responsibility. When they fail to provide those, and the animal suffers badly, the caretakers are responsible for the animals and are subject to arrest for animal abuse or neglect."

Tavena was booked into the Fourth Avenue Jail. She is currently being held on a $1,000 bond.

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