Guadalupe woman arrested for failing to get medical care for dog hit by car

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A chow mix was severely emaciated, had open sores on its legs and was paralyzed. By Jennifer Thomas A chow mix was severely emaciated, had open sores on its legs and was paralyzed. By Jennifer Thomas
Daniella Tavena By Jennifer Thomas Daniella Tavena By Jennifer Thomas

GUADALUPE, Ariz. -- A Guadalupe woman has been arrested for failing to provide medical care for her dog after it was struck by a car in May.

Maricopa County sheriff's detectives responded to reports of a sick dog on a property near Avenida del Yaqui and Baseline Road. They found a chow mix named Pig that was severely emaciated, had open sores on its legs and was paralyzed.

The dog was taken to an animal hospital and had to be euthanized because of the severity of its injuries.

Detectives said Daniella Tavena admitted that the dog was hit by a car about three months ago and she never sought veterinary care despite the fact that it was suffering.

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

Arpaio's Animal Crimes Unit arrested Tavena on suspicion of failure to provide necessary medical attention. She is being held on a $1,000 bond.