Woman convicted of animal neglect sentenced to six months in the Pierce County Jail

Staff writerOctober 21, 2013 

A 49-year-old Lakewood woman who earlier this year pleaded guilty to keeping a variety of pets in atrocious conditions was sentenced Monday to six months in jail.

Pierce County Superior Court Judge Frank Cuthbertson ordered Patricia Scott taken into custody immediately. Scott had been free pending sentencing.

With credit for time served awaiting the resolution of her case, she is expected to serve 48 days.

She pleaded guilty in August to four counts of animal cruelty and one count of contempt of court. The contempt charge was added after Scott ignored a judge's order not to possess animals while she was out of jail awaiting trial.

Investigators acting on a tip from one of Scott's relatives last fall searched a garage and house and found a number of neglected animals, including a dead dog in a cage and cats, birds, a gecko and guinea pig forced to live in their own waste. Some of the animals also were badly malnourished, court records show.

Relatives told investigators Scott would fly into a rage if anyone tried to care for the animals.

In plea paperwork, Scott said she was sorry for neglecting her pets. She was "overwhelmed" by her mother's ill health at the time, she said.

There were concerns about Scott's mental health, but she was found to be competent to stand trial.


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