Lakewood woman gets 6 months in jail for abusing pets

Contempt charge was added when she kept pets in defiance of a judge’s order; she’ll serve about 48 days

adam.lynn@thenewstribune.comOctober 22, 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 since Aug. 19 pending sentencing.

With credit for time served before Aug. 19 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 several 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 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 competent to stand trial.

Adam Lynn: 253-597-8644 adam.lynn@thenewstribune.com @TNTadam

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