Mesa woman arrested for animal cruelty (Warning: graphic images)

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(WARNING: Some viewers may find the images disturbing.)

MESA, Ariz. -- A Mesa woman has been arrested for failing to provide medical care for her dog that was found severely malnourished and suffering from other ailments, according to the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office.

Sheriff's detectives arrested Wendy Darlene Davis, 44, at a home in east Mesa on Wednesday. She was booked into the Fourth Avenue Jail on one count of animal cruelty.

Her female pit bull mix, Shelby, was said to be blind in both eyes, diabetic and had other unidentified ailments, according to the sheriff's office.

Shelby was scheduled to be euthanized, however, sheriff's officials said she is making a fighting attempt to live and may make a full recovery in the hands of a loving adopter.

Detectives said Davis admitted that she had never taken Shelby to a veterinarian for treatment and admitted that she knew that the dog was suffering.

"It's unfortunate that my office has to investigate and arrest violators who abuse animals, especially recently, with all the abuse of dog cases we have had," Sheriff Joe Arpaio said.