Last night was a wonderful moment at the Arizona Humane Society as Ryder was reunited with her owner in an emotionally, touching scene that won’t soon be forgotten. We’re so thrilled to see Ryder back where she belongs in her loving home. We know there have been a lot of questions surrounding this case and we wanted to share the below statement from the Phoenix Police Department:

Phoenix Police Statement on Ryder

Ryder 11-27RMany will remember the sad story of Ryder, the pit bull dog that was found by Phoenix Police abused and neglected on September 28th, 2013. Ryder was turned over to the Arizona Humane Society (AHS) for treatment. Due to the professional and special care of the staff at AHS, not only has Ryder’s health vastly improved, she has thrived and has become the darling of supporters and citizens worldwide.   After Ryder’s story became the subject of a media blitz here in the Valley, her owner contacted AHS and revealed that Ryder had been taken by an acquaintance. The owner was expecting her pet to be returned but the police investigation showed a third person, the eventual suspect who was arrested for the abuse, had taken Ryder. Phoenix Police detectives were able to establish ownership based on photos and we have been working with the owner as the abuse case moves forward for prosecution.   On Tuesday November 26th, 2013, after weeks of care and well wishes from hundreds, Ryder was reunited with her owner. The reunion was quite emotional for the owner, AHS employees and, based on her reaction to seeing and recognizing her owner, also for Ryder! Alas, there was not enough tissue to go around.   The investigation is continuing. We hope the best for Ryder and we know she is where she belongs, back home! Thanks to all who shared in Ryder’s story. The Phoenix Police Department places great value in our relationship with the Arizona Human Society as we move to protect the pets in our lives, and the relationship with our citizens who support those efforts.
November 27, 2013