Verona, NY (WIBX) - Some people think a sapphire is a gem to be treasured, but apparently not a Verona woman.

48-Year old Bridget LaClaire was arrested for allegedly leaving her dog, a white pit bull named Sapphire, chained to a tree with a choke collar that cut into the dog's neck.

Flies and maggots were in the dog's wounds.  Another dog was taken into custody as well when Oneida County Sheriffs discovered that both dogs were left outside without food and water.

Sapphire is under a veterinarian's care.  The investigation is continuing.