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.
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.