GILBERT, Ariz. -- A Gilbert woman is facing animal cruelty charges after allegedly failing to get her dog medical treatment for a severely infected jaw.
Maria Guadalupe Barajas reportedly told police she couldn't afford treatment for her 8-year-old Chihuahua mix, Wally, after part of his jaw was torn off.
"She said that she wanted to get him treatment but she didn't have the money," said Gilbert police spokesman Sgt. Jesse Sanger. "She told us this happened about two weeks ago, this injury."
According to police, Barajas said she wasn't sure how Wally got hurt but thought another dog might be responsible.
"You have to provide some sort of treatment right away," Sanger said. "You can't just, you know, obviously let them suffer."
Police were called after a few teenagers spotted Wally while walking in the park behind the owner's home.
"The dog was still bleeding, and they could see obviously nothing was being done and that dog was in a lot of pain," Sanger said.
Wally underwent surgery for his jaw injury on Friday thanks to the Panacea Animal Wellness Sanctuary and PAWS AZ.
Gilbert Police work with the rescue group often especially when dealing with animal cruelty cases.
"The left side of his jaw is gone, most of the tissue and all the teeth but one on the bottom," said Gwyn West with Panacea.
So far, West says Panacea has spent about $2,000 for Wally's surgery, the group operates off of donations and is hoping to raise some funds to help cover his medical costs.
Wally needs about another month of medical care. The goal is to find him a foster home to get him ready for adoption.