A Walton County woman was arrested after two dogs, one of which died in the hands of its rescuers, were found starved to near death, authorities say.


The investigation began Nov. 26 when Walton County Animal Control received an anonymous tip about animal abuse taking place at a Hinote Road residence.


An animal control officer and a Walton County sheriff’s deputy went to the residence but were not able to find anybody.


While there, they discovered a dog pen with two dogs that were in "extreme distress," according to a press release from the Sheriff’s Office.


One dog, a hound, was lying on the concrete floor of its pen amid blood and feces, and was barely breathing. While the animal control officer and deputy tried to help the dog, it died.


The second dog, a female, was so weak she could barely stand up. She was extremely malnourished. Both dogs were without water.


The woman who owned the dog was identified as Samantha Bishop, age 30. She said she fed and cared for the dogs every day.


She was charged with two counts of felony aggravated animal cruelty, given a $5,000 bond and ordered not to have any animals.


Investigators took the surviving dog to Dr. Jay Blackwood.


Officials are hopeful the dog will recover.