By Deborah Stocks, KNXV
A pit bull that for over eight years lived in Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio's Madison Street jail animal shelter has died.
Queen stayed at the shelter for eight years before Dr. Eva DeCozio-Bush, Founder of Panacea Animal Wellness Sanctuary, took her in October 2010 after Arpaio told her at a fundraiser, "I don't want Queenie to die in jail."
Queen was adopted by Susan Laing in April of this year and was living a good life, including a trip to Dallas.
"He had a last name and it's really important all animals have a last name," DeCozio-Bush said.
Then on Thursday, Laing took Queen to DeCozio-Bush, who is also Medical Director at VCA Apache Junction Animal Hospital, after the dog became weak.
They found Queen had a tumor on her liver that ruptured and in spite of a 2-1/2 hour surgery, DeCozio-Bush was unable to save the dog's life.
Donations are now being accepted in Queen's memory to build a dog sanctuary named after her. To get more information go to the Panacea Animal Wellness Sanctuary website .