OLYMPIA, Wash. - A Lacey-area woman has pleaded guilty in Thurston County Superior Court to 22 misdemeanor counts of second-degree animal cruelty.
In June, Thurston County Animal Services seized 22 malnourished and neglected Persian cats from Judith Lawson's home.
The cats - all purebred Himalayans - were locked in cages in a non-ventilated garage and in a bedroom, with feces piled up more than 6 inches. The cats' hair was matted and caked with feces and urine.
Because of the exposure to the amonia fumes, many of the cats had eye, nose and lung damage.
Animal Services Director Susanne Beauregard said two of the cats died and the other 20 were placed in adoptive homes.
Lawson's guilty plea Monday was part of a plea deal in which felony animal cruelty counts against her were dismissed. The deal recommends no jail time for Lawson, but it does require her to pay more than $12,000 in fines.
Lawson is scheduled to be sentenced in December.