Jeffrey Bain of Scottsdale was arrested Tuesday on suspicion of misdemeanor animal cruelty.
The arrest was the result of an investigation into Bain's treatment of his dog Chopper, a pit bull mix, said Sgt. Paul Chagolla of the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office.
Bain was charged with failing to provide medical attention to the dog, which was emaciated at the time of the arrest, police said. The abuse occurred between June 6 and Tuesday at Bain's apartment in the 5900 block of East Thomas Road.
The sheriff's office received a tip from a woman Bain had asked to care for the dog, Chagolla said. The woman called the sheriff's animal abuse hot line when she saw the dog's condition.
Bain was released from custody with a criminal citation to appear in court. Bain will be prosecuted under the state animal cruelty law and not Scottsdale's stricter animal cruelty code, said Rick Valenzuela, an Arizona Humane Society official.
"It's just a matter of who is called to investigate," he said. "Scottsdale police and the Humane Society use the new city code and the sheriff's office uses the state's."
Chopper will be housed at Maricopa County’s First Avenue Jail until Bain's is adjudicated. The dog will be nursed back to health at the jail.
Anyone with information about abused animals should call the sheriff's animal abuse hotline at (602) 256-1681.