A Lancaster city woman was charged with aggravated cruelty to animals, endangering the welfare of children and corruption of minors after a video surfaced on social media showing her kicking and stomping her dog on Friday, June 7, police said.
A Lancaster Bureau of Police Dog Law Enforcement officer was called to the 500 block of Beaver Street after a complaint of a woman kicking her dog on her front porch at 2:19 p.m. on Friday.
Ashley Gaston, 28, told police that the dog had bitten her son and that she "took the dog outside to hit it on the head one time," according to police.
The officer didn't see any bite marks on the child and didn't see any injury to the dog, so the officer left the house.
Around 7 p.m., police said a video was shared on a social media site showing a woman "repeatedly kicking and stomping on a dog while the dog was on the front porch."
The woman then went inside and escorted her child outside and instructed and encouraged the child to kick the dog, which it did, according to police.
Police said they identified the woman as Gaston after investigating and the Lancaster County District Attorney's Office and city police went back to the Beaver Street home to take custody of the dog -- a 14 to 18-month-old male terrier named Trigger.
Gaston was arrested and taken to Lancaster County Prison on $50,000 bail.
The dog was taken to Lancaster Pet Emergency Treatment and Specialties (PETS) for examination, which initially showed bruised lungs, police said.
The dog was then taken to Philadelphia for a more thorough forensic examination.