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Woman arrested for drowning four puppies in toilet

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According to Tuesday's KIRO 7 News, a Lakewood, Wash., woman was arrested for drowning four puppies in the tank of a toilet.

Pierce County prosecutors charged 34-year-old Ginger Hartson with four counts of first-degree animal cruelty for the alleged crime, which hit the radar of local authorities when her landlord called the police after making the grim discovery of wet, dead pit bull puppy bodies in a nearby dumpster.

The soggy puppies were in a dog food bag, along with a sign advertising them for sale for $50; according to a probable cause affidavit, the woman did not deny killing the unwanted puppies when questioned by the police.

The News Tribune reported that Hartson's landlord, who had advised the woman that she had too many dogs in her apartment, overheard the woman telling her son:

If I didn’t kill them, the animal shelter would. Anyways, now it’s just you and me.”

Hartson had two adult pit bulls and a litter of six puppies - after she was told to reduce the number of dogs at her residence, she managed to secure homes for two of the puppies, but was unable to sell the remaining pups so she placed them, one by one, in the tank of the toilet until they were dead.

Pierce County Prosecuting Attorney Mark Lindquist commented on the deliberate nature of the crime:

Most of our animal cruelty cases involve some level of negligence. This was deliberate and it was cruel,”

She knew exactly what she was doing.”

On Tuesday, Hartson pleaded not guilty to the charges; her bail was set at $20,000.

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