It's unknown how long the dog, named Boo, had been left to fend for herself, but she likely wouldn't have persisted much longer. While the hollow tree she was living in shielded her from the elements, it was clear that she was starving.
When Zindler and her partner arrived to help, Boo fled to the safety of her hollow tree.
"She was scared to death - not used to people. It was a desperate situation, and we knew we had to get her out of there as quickly as we could," Zindler said.
It took about an hour for the two officers to coax the dog out of her hiding place, nudging her toward the entrance of the tree with a garden hose until she was close enough to be captured.