Ginger Hartson, of Lakewood, pleaded not guilty to four counts of first-degree animal cruelty in Pierce County Superior Court on Tuesday. She was ordered held in lieu of $20,000 bail.
According to court documents, the woman's landlord called Lakewood police on Monday to report finding four dead puppies inside a dog food bag in the community Dumpster. Inside the bag was a sign advertising puppies for $50. The puppies were soaking wet.
The document says the woman told police she drowned the dogs, one by one, because she thought the animal shelter would euthanize the pit bulls.