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A 62-year-old Phoenix resident from Arizona has been charged with abandoning her elderly, visually impaired dog on the roadside. The incident occurred last month and has garnered significant attention from both the public and authorities.

The incident came to light when Cochise County Sheriff Mark Dannels and his wife, Nickie, made a troubling discovery on August 26 in Benson, a small town located 45 miles southeast of Tucson. As they were driving, they noticed an elderly dog walking down the exit ramp of the highway, all alone. Recognizing the dire situation, the compassionate couple immediately sprang into action to help the defenseless animal.

Mark and Nickie Dannels secured the dog in their vehicle, providing a much-needed respite from the dangerous situation it had found itself in. Shortly after, a Cochise County Sheriff’s Office Animal Control Officer arrived to take custody of the dog. During an initial examination, it was discovered that the dog had an implanted microchip, allowing for the identification of his human.

Attempts were made by authorities to contact the dog’s last known human. However, these efforts were met with silence, as the owner failed to respond to numerous calls and messages from law enforcement.

Determined to hold the responsible party accountable, Sheriff Dannels and Sergeant Ray McNeely continued their investigation. While attending a community event in Phoenix, they embarked on a mission to locate the culprit. After some diligent sleuthing, they managed to track her down at her home in central Phoenix.

Initially, she vehemently denied any involvement in the abandonment of her dog in Cochise County. However, faced with mounting evidence and the persistence of law enforcement, she ultimately confessed to her actions. She admitted to leaving her elderly, near-blind dog on the I-10 highway, failing to notify the authorities, and ignoring their attempts to contact her.

As a result of her actions, the woman has been charged with animal cruelty and neglect. She is scheduled to appear in court later this month in Cochise County to address these charges.

Amid this troubling situation, there is a silver lining for the abandoned dog. While awaiting the resolution of the criminal case against his former owner, the dog is being held at a shelter where he is receiving the care, attention, and love it deserves.

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