Dog found without food, water in Pinal County home

FLORENCE, Ariz. (AP) -- Authorities say a Pinal County dog owner who refused to give up a pet Rottweiler repeatedly neglected the animal.
 
Pinal County Animal Care and Control said Thursday that the 14-year-old dog is recovering from dehydration and pain in its hind legs.
 
Pinal County officials say an Animal Control officer was called to a home in Gold Canyon on Tuesday about reports of an abandoned dog inside a locked garage.

According to the report from the Pinal County Sheriff's Office, "The responding officer reported seeing the garage door closed and the only ventilation provided was via three small bullet holes in the garage door. There was a large, dark pool of dried urine that had clearly been seeping out from underneath the garage door for quite some time."
 
The officer found the Rottweiler amid piles of its own excrement with no food or water.
 
Authorities say the owner was previously cited in September for excessive feces and no license.
 
Animal Control officials say they met with the owner several times about surrendering the dog but the owner refused. 

"This is inexcusable.  The owner was given multiple opportunities to allow us to take the animal and they refused each and every time," stated Interim Animal Care and Control Director Audra Michael.  "We will be sending the results of our investigation over to the County Attorney's Office so they can review the case and decide if there will be any charges filed against this owner." 
 
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