Mother did nothing while children abused 7-week-old puppy, prosecutors say

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LACEY — A mother is charged with animal cruelty for allegedly allowing her young children to abuse a 7-week-old puppy.

According to charging documents, Natasha Pabon was home while her children abused Bella, a German Shepard mix puppy.

A veterinarian examined Bella, watched the video and said the dog “experienced significant pain from the trauma.”

Officials say Bella is “recovering well” in a foster home.

Prosecutors say a neighbor recorded the abuse and turned the video over to 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,” neighbor Brandi Luckey told Q13 FOX News last month.

“We would see the children pick the dog up by the collar off the ground and throw it,” Luckey said.

The kids include two 7-year-old sisters, and their 3-year-old brother.

“Our video, it does show the little boy, he’s about 3, he goes and lays on her and one of the little girl comes over and steps on her head and neck area and it yelps,” Luckey said.

Animal Services officer Erika Johnson took the call.

“This is the worst attack on a baby animal I’ve ever seen by children. They were witnessing the three children abusing the puppy,” Johnson said. “If the neighbors hadn’t said anything, the dog easily could have been killed.”

Q13 FOX News has previously reached out to Pabon who denied a request for an interview.

Second-degree animal cruelty is a gross misdemeanor with penalties of up to one-year in jail and up to a $5,000 fine.

Pabon is scheduled to appear in court on August 5th.

Watch our report from June 11th:

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42 comments

    • Shelly

      Seriously! The fact that she would want her kids to treat animals that way is absolutely horrible. The kids, if not removed from that home will more than likely grow up to be violent criminal adults. Chances are it’s already too late for them, but hopefully not. Unfreakinbelievable!

  • Debra Bear Robe

    I wish something can be done where I live…my neighbors kids killed 3 baby kittens they torchered them. 6yr old girl and a 4yr old boy who did that. their mom didnt care. i called the police and reported her…but nothing has been done. smh..

    • Shelly

      Keep calling & demanding action. If they don’t respond, find out who in the State oversees the various precincts, and start making demands of him/her. Nobody likes it when their boss is contacted. Videotape it and send it to news stations &/or post that video online so that you’ve got 1000’s of people making those calls. I’d be on that neighbors behind night & day until action was taken. What those kids are doing is horrendous! How many serial killers out there started out killing animals? I like true crime novels, so I can tell you that a lot of them do.

    • christina

      You need to call the news station. I would have repeatedly called the police.
      It is against the law to abuse animals. And I would have demanded a supervisor and threatened to call the news!!! 😈

    • V golding

      Ok so since kids do it all the time its ok? That dog is in foster care and will be placed in a home that it deserves not jailed. If those kids were to continue abusing that puppy it just might grow to be a very violent dog that might kill someone.

        • katy

          why would you say that??? I have worked with many abused dogs and none have grown up to be violent dogs. Not a very educated response.

          • Sonny

            I too have seen abused dogs and they too were not violent. I do not see the children’s mother in the video ignoring the children. What I see is the person taking the video ignoring the children, and not reminding the children to be nice to the poor puppy. My question is, who is the real victim here?

    • Dave

      First off,children do NOT do this all the time. At least ones that have been taught to respect life and to have any kind of empathy. Secondly, I will agree the children are also victims, victims of being raised by someone that has dropped the ball on parenting. As for the person taking the video, I can understand her not interfering, now days you are likely to either be shot by the kids OR the parents.

      • Sonny

        Dave, when ever I see kids doing thing like this, I remind the kids that it’s not nice to abuse dogs or animals. The problem is no one has respect for each others these days. The person taking the video wanted fifteen minutes of fame and she got it.

        • Jay Patrick Lewis

          Really Sonny? You “remind the kids that it’s not nice to abuse dogs or animals.”? Are you kidding me? In order to ‘remind’ normal children to do anything, they need to have a foundational understanding, knowledge,just basic common sense about WHAT is:”RIGHT and WHAT is WRONG”, the difference between the two; the explanation of “WHY” one or the other—>> MORALITY, ETHICS, & VALUES*. Obviously that bastard producer NEVER learned any herself, much less, bother itself to ‘remind’ those heathens what “nice” is! With the extremely twisted, backward examples in this drama-filled bizarro-delusionaland of the ‘cool’ role models, it’s a wonder she and the soon-to-be WCPS/taxpayer-burdened mouth-breathers even walk upright. From personal experience and how that brood act, my guess: they are “refugee”-like… draw your conclusion from that. Two more items: The word “NO”; and, WITHOUT REAL CONSEQUENCES for bad actions, you can “remind” all you want,,, BUT, I guarantee that they will CONTINUE those bad actions, and WORSE.*****See king county judicial jokes & dept of incorrections, etc. ReDevilDog2035 jpl

          • Sonny

            Yes Jay, and they will continue thanks to the bad laws introduced to the people. You see, these days everyone thinks they are better than the other so they learn to ignore and not help each other. They all want to show everyone they are Christians but do not hold on to the value of being a Christian. It’s all for me and no one else. I’m glad I have the balls in attempting to correct children from their bad behavior. You were a child once, weren’t you?

      • Sonny

        Linda, yes I know how disturbing comments can be, but did you read all the threats and stalking this situation has caused? Speaking of evil wishes. How is that any better? I’m glad I’m not like everyone. You included.

    • Kathy

      You appear to be so lost here. The puppy is finally safe. If a seven year old doesn’t know right from wrong, that child is being neglected by the parent. This neigbor did the exact right thing by calling the police. Check out the mother’s facebook page. One, maybe two pictures of the kids. All of the others, and there are many, are of the woman posing and posting. Clearly, she has no time to worry about kids.

      • Sonny

        I agree that a seven year old should be learned by that age and that the innocent two year old may have been affected by the older sibling. Please don’t encourage me to stalk, as stalking is not my type of life. That type of life belongs to killers, rapists, and criminals who intend to ruin other human beings life.

  • James

    As for the penalty, I think that is way too light. I believe it should be treated the same as if they were doing that to a human. Violence is violence no mater what or who it is being done to.

  • Allison Lance

    Yes, the mother is guilty but so are the kids. What is being done to those three criminals? I feel absolutely no pity towards those children. Kids know better.

  • Jeremy Pfister

    I would love to and am asking to adopt this amazing puppy. Big house and yard for him to run and three kids that would show him nothing but love and appreciation growing up together. Please let meknow how iI can be involved!

  • WOWCRAZY

    She is actually responding on other news website via her facebook page.
    Seach her name online in the news seciton.

  • J.

    Glad this woman saved the puppy. Hopefully its injuries are not too bad. It’s so little and fragile. How dare those kids do that. Praying they get removed from their mother and go stay with their father or get fostered.

  • Kathy

    I would not allow my children to be in class with these kids unless they were removed from the home and in intensive therapy.

  • Janelle

    All I can say is there had better be some kind of consequences for the children, perhaps some filthy job as “restitution” and the “mother” she is no mother or she would have put a stop to it immediately and reprimanded those children. Obviously they think it is ok, and it totally isNOT. I agree with James violence is violence regardless of who or what it is being done to. And age doesn’t matter, if you break the law you get the consequences of those actions and face a judge in court!

  • Janelle

    All I can say is there had better be some kind of consequences for the children, perhaps some filthy job as “restitution” and the “mother” she is no mother or she would have put a stop to it immediately and reprimanded those children. Obviously they think it is ok, and it totally isNOT. I agree with James violence is violence regardless of who or what it is being done to. The kids DID THIS! lets see how those kids would like to be dragged around and sat on, shame on those little sh**t kids.. And age doesn’t matter, if you break the law you get the consequences of those actions and face a judge in court!