PHOENIX -- Two dogs found malnourished and tied up to a chain-link fence Monday morning are recovering at the Arizona Humane Society's Second Chance Animal Hospital.
Phoenix police responded to a call about two abandoned dogs near Roosevelt and 13th streets and found the emaciated pit bull mixes in an alley behind a church.
"Both dogs looked to be in pretty bad condition, very malnourished," Officer Kiley Venard said.
One of the dogs is a female approximately 1-1/2 years old and the other is a male approximately 3 years old.
AHS spokeswoman Bretta Nelson said veterinarians are conducting medical exams and the dogs will most likely be placed on a strict feeding schedule for weight gain.
Nelson said the dogs are not microchipped and had no form of identification. They will be held on a 72-hour stray period to see if an owner comes forward.
"Animal cruelty is something that we take very seriously," Venard said. "You have a responsibility to your animals the same way you would your children. They require food and water and these dogs, obviously from their appearance, haven't seen either one of those in quite a while."