A Pierce County woman is accused of abandoning her two kittens in her empty apartment, causing them to starve while she went through a bad breakup with her boyfriend.
Rachel Dudley, 25, faces two counts of first degree animal cruelty when she appears in court on Friday.
Dudley claimed she didn't think about the kittens because of the relationship problems and guessed they starved to death when asked by prosecutors.
Both kittens died in April, almost a month after Dudley said she moved out. One of the kittens was found dead in the apartment and the other had to be euthanized.
A veterinarian said the kitten who died first suffered chronic starvation and a respiratory infection.
An apartment manager originally found the kittens on March 28, alive and meowing. He told prosecutors he contacted Dudley at her mother's residence, asking her to take care of them.
When he returned on April 6, one kitten was dead and the other severely malnourished, described as emaciated and staggering.
Vets at the Humane Society, tried to nurse the kitten back to health, but had to put it down two days later.
"Animal cruelty is a particularly sad and offensive crime," said Pierce County Prosecutor Mark Lindquist. "We vigorously prosecute these crimes just as we do violent crimes against persons."