Posted: 3:55 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 12, 2014

Woman accused of drowning puppies in toilet tank

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Lakewood resident Ginger Hartson has been charged with drowning four puppies because she was about to be evicted from her apartment for having too many pets.

A Lakewood woman has been charged with drowning four puppies because she was about to be evicted from her apartment for having too many pets.

Ginger Hartson was charged with four counts of animal cruelty on Tuesday. According to the charges Hartson’s two adult pit bulls had a litter of six puppies. When the landlord told Hartson she could not keep the pets in her small apartment , police said she managed to find homes for two of the pups, and when she couldn’t sell the remaining four, drowned them one by one in a toilet.

“Most of our animal cruelty cases involve some level of negligence. This was deliberate and it was cruel,” said Pierce County Prosecuting Attorney Mark Lindquist. “She knew exactly what she was doing.”

According to a probable cause affidavit Hartson admitted drowning the dogs to police. “I killed the
puppies.”  The affidavit states “She removed the lid from the back of the toilet and then proceeded to put one puppy at a time into the tank holding them down extra time to make sure they died. She did this with each of the 4 puppies. She later identified the puppies that she killed as “Growler, Luky, Loki Jr,and Mamas Boy.” Investigators said she thought the puppies would be euthanized if she took them to the humane society

“I think it’s terrible,” said neighbor Jim Braun. “I don’t l know how people can live and do something like that.”

Hartson pleaded not guilty to four counts of first degree animal cruelty. Her bail was set at $20,000.

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