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Boynton Beach woman arrested after leaving dogs outside in crate with no food or water

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(BOYNTON BEACH, FLA) — A Boynton Beach woman was arrested and  faces felony animal cruelty charges after her two pit bulls were left outside without food or water, according to police.

Joanne Maxis, 42, was arrested on July 25 after police received an anonymous tip, prompting an investigation.

Boynton Beach police made the announcement on their Facebook page.

An animal cruelty investigator said Maxis had two adult pit bulls confined together in a ‘grossly undersized’ crate, outdoors, with no food or water in sight. Police revealed that Maxis willingly agreed to surrender the two dogs along with an additional three puppies that were located inside of her residence.

Both adult dogs were suffering from starvation, deprivation of basic medical care and mild dehydration, according to an Animal Care and Control veterinarian.

Maxis was taken into custody but later posted bail and was released from the Palm Beach County Jail.

Police said that both adult dogs, named “Gracie” and “Max,” were rehabilitated at Animal Care and Control and have since been adopted.

Maxis is facing two counts of felony animal cruelty and two counts of unlawful confinement of an animal.