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Severely neglected dog, Maya, healthy and ready for adoption

Published: Aug. 26, 2016 at 9:48 AM MST|Updated: Aug. 26, 2016 at 10:00 AM MST
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Maya was starving, had an eye infection and was covered in maggots. (Source: Pima Animal Care...
Maya was starving, had an eye infection and was covered in maggots. (Source: Pima Animal Care Center)
Maya needed to be shaved because of mats. (Source: Pima Animal Care Center)
Maya needed to be shaved because of mats. (Source: Pima Animal Care Center)

TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - The 14-year-old dog who was dropped off in extremely poor health at the Pima Animal Care Center is now ready for adoption.

Maya was suffering from severe emaciation, neglected infections and a maggot infestation when she was surrendered by her owner in May 2016.

[READ: UPDATE: Neglected dog, Maya, improves; owner cited]

The owner was cited for animal cruelty and neglect for failure to provide medical care, and faced up to six months in jail, three year's probation and a $2,500 fine.

She pleaded not guilty and according to PACC, has been ordered to take an educational class on proper pet care.

When Maya arrived at PACC, she was starving, had eye infections and severe dental disease.

Instead of putting her down, the team at PACC worked hard to give her the medical treatment she needed.

"Maya is a wonderful example of how, because of our community's support, we can save our community's neediest pets," said Karen Hollish, PACC's director of development and marketing in a news release. "Now all she needs is a loving forever home."

Under PACC's care, Maya's weight has increased from 7.3 pounds to 10.3 pounds, according to the news release.

She is now energetic, and gets along well with other dogs and cats.

Her perfect home would be with a retired person who has lots of time to spend with her and who will give her the space she needs to feel safe, the release stated.

If you witness pet cruelty or neglect like Maya, you can call and report it to PACC at (520) 724-5900.

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