When Ryeeah Christine Hatcher reached into a neighbor’s backyard, grabbed a puppy, and stuffed it in a backpack, the 27-year-old Georgia woman tried to run, but police said other neighbors saw what she was doing and cornered her.

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Ryeeah Christine Hatcher (Image source: Douglas County Jail)

But Hatcher wasn’t done.

Just before Douglas County deputies arrived on the scene Monday, she “took the backpack, with the puppy in it, and beat it against a tree,” Douglas County Chief Deputy Stan Copeland told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

The puppy died, the Journal-Constitution added.

After deputies arrived, there was a struggle but Hatcher was taken into custody and charged with felony cruelty to animals, theft by taking and obstruction of an officer, police said.

Hatcher — a resident of Douglasville, about 22 miles west of Atlanta — was being held in lieu of a $12,000 bond.

“We do have questions about her mental state at the time of the incident,” Copeland added to the Journal-Constitution.