OLYMPIA, Wash. (CBS Seattle) — A Washington woman could face years behind bars for allegedly starving several animals.

The Thurston County Sheriff’s Office has charged Rebecca Lynn Turner with three counts of felony animal cruelty.

Eight animals were seized from her home last month during a raid.

Joint Animal Services of Olympia took hold of four horses, three dogs, and one pot-bellied pig.

Animal Services described the dogs as drastically underweight when taken from Turner’s home. Animal Services Director Susanne Beauregard tells CBS Seattle that the dogs are getting healthier since being rescued.

“Both dogs have gained a tremendous amount of weight. The female has gained 37 pounds and the male has gained slightly less in the short time that we have had them.”

Beauregard added: “The dogs have been moved into a foster setting and we continue to keep close tabs on them.”

A third dog remains at the shelter.

The horses and pig also showed signs of starvation when they were seized. 

“The horses and pig are all making remarkable strides,” Beauregard added.

Turner will be arraigned on Oct. 25.


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