A Lacey woman has been charged with animal cruelty in the case of the alleged abuse of a puppy.
The Thurston County Prosecutor’s office filed a criminal charge in the case involving a seven-week-old German shepherd mix named Bella, according to a news release.
Charging documents allege that Natasha Marie Pabon was present while her young children abused the puppy and she failed to stop the abuse. The incident was video recorded by a neighbor and that recording was given to Thurston County Animal Services. The Lacey Police Department conducted the investigation.
Animal Services took custody of the puppy, who is in foster care and recovering well, according to a news release.
Pabon has been summoned to appear in court Aug. 5 for arraignment. The maximum penalty is one year in the county jail and/or a $5,000 fine.