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Mother of children who allegedly abused puppy is facing animal cruelty charge

Video captures alleged abuse
Video captures alleged abuse
Screen shot via KIRO 7 news

According to Wednesday's Q13 Fox News, the mother of children who were captured on video allegedly abusing a puppy in Lacey, Wash., has been charged with animal cruelty.

Natasha Pabon is facing the animal cruelty charge because she is believed to have known that her children were abusing the seven-week-old shepherd mix puppy named "Bella." In June, the alleged abuse was brought to the attention of authorities after Brandi Luckey, a neighbor to the family, secured video evidence.

The video images, obtained by Luckey's boyfriend, show Pabon's three children hitting, kicking and throwing the small pup. The video was turned over to Thurston County Animal Services, who quickly seized the puppy from the home after reviewing the footage.

Luckey explained to Q13 why she turned the video over to the authorities:

It was bad. It was really, really bad. I just, I can’t. I can’t watch that and I will not, will not let it happen if I have something to do about it,”

Animal Services officer Erika Johnson spoke out about the abuse after viewing the video:

This is the worst attack on a baby animal I’ve ever seen by children. They were witnessing the three children abusing the puppy,”

“If the neighbors hadn’t said anything, the dog easily could have been killed.”

Bella has been recuperating from the traumatic incident in a foster home.

Pabon is scheduled to appear in court on August 5; she could face up to a year in jail if she is found guilty of the misdemeanor charge.

Click here to watch a video clip of the alleged abuse.

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