Animal control takes dog left alone in Rock Hill apartment while owner traveled

A dog owner could face charges after a neighbor reported to police that she left her dog inside her Rock Hill apartment with dirty water and no food when she went out of town last week.

A resident at a Standard Street apartment on Friday told officers that her neighbor, 65, asked her to take care of her dog, “Coco,” while she went out of town, according to a Rock Hill police report. The woman refused, but still her neighbor left her a key to her apartment and a note instructing her to take care of the dog. The woman told the apartment manager about the situation, but claims that nothing was done to address the issue.

Police were unable to make contact with the dog owner, but executed a search warrant in her apartment, where they found the small brown and white long-haired dog, the report states. York County Animal Control took custody of the dog, the report states, after police found that it had no food in its bowl and dirty water in another bowl. Police also found several spots in the apartment where the dog used the bathroom and no one had cleaned up after it for several days.

Police are still investigating. No arrests had been made or charges filed by Monday evening.