Green Creek woman charged with animal cruelty

Published 11:51 pm Sunday, October 31, 2021

Charges involved rabbits, guinea pigs and a duck

GREEN CREEK—A Green Creek woman was charged this week with animal cruelty and unlawful disposing of a dead domesticated animal, according to the Polk County Sheriff’s Office. 

Sarah Kathryn Stepp, of Green Creek, was charged with 10 counts of misdemeanor animal cruelty and 1 count of unlawful disposing of a dead domesticated animal, according to sheriff’s office reports.

Sheriff’s office officials said the charges involved 7 rabbits, 2 guinea pigs, 1 duck and 1 deceased animal. 

Stepp was also served on Sunday with unrelated felony warrants out of Henderson and Haywood counties, according to the sheriff’s office. 

Stepp was given a $15,000 bond. She will have her first appearance in Polk County District Court on Nov. 17.