The rope was found ingrown into the animal's neck and her wounds were infected with maggots.
According to the Chester County Sheriff's Office, an investigation was launched on Monday after the Sheriff's Office received a request to have the dog picked up.
Deputies arrived on the scene to find a highly emaciated pit bull-mix named Raven that had been tied to a tree for a period of at least several weeks. A rope that was used to tie up the dog was found to be ingrown into the dog's neck and maggots were found in the animal's festering wounds.
Thomas Boyd, the owner of the home where the dog was found, stated that Bell was his niece and that she brought the dog to his home with the expectation that her brother would come to pick it up.
Investigators say the animal had lost most of her body mass and required surgery to correct damage that was caused by flesh eating maggots that were left untreated. The wounds were reportedly so severe that bone and venous tissue had become exposed.
Bell was booked into jail and charged with ill treatment and abandonment of an animal. Bell's uncle, Thomas Boyd was reportedly cited with a cruelty to animals charge.
A fund has been set up to help with Raven's medical expenses. Please click here if you would like to donate.
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