Man accused of tossing animals from car found dead in N.C. jail

A Rock Hill man accused of throwing animals from a moving car in late November was found dead in a North Carolina jail.

Authorities are investigating the apparent suicide of Travis Small, 29, who had been incarcerated at the Union County Jail since Nov. 28.

Deputies discovered Small hanging in his cell by a bed sheet Wednesday evening, according to a press release issued by Union County Sheriff Eddie Cathey. Small was scheduled to appear in court Thursday.

Deputies cut him down and tried to revive him using CPR and a defibrillator. Small was taken to Carolinas Medical Center-Union, where he was pronounced dead at 6:20 p.m.

Union County Sheriff's Office Capt. Greg Stewart said Small was alone in his cell.

Small had been in the Union County jail since Nov. 28 on charges of felony larceny, failure to appear in court, driving without an operator's license and reckless driving.

But he had outstanding arrest warrants in York County for felony animal cruelty stemming from a Nov. 23 incident, said York Sheriff's Office Capt. Jerry Hoffman.

Small's sister alleged he threw a poodle and a kitten out the car window while traveling 50 mph on U.S. 21 near S.C. 5, according to a Sheriff's Office report.

The animals were found dead on the side of the road, but neither appeared to have been hit by another vehicle, according to the report.

The North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation is investigating whether there was any criminal action involved with Small's death, Stewart said.