Crime

Crated dog found dead in 94 degree heat outside Rock Hill home, woman charged

A Rock Hill woman was charged with ill treatment of animals Sunday after a dog was found dead in a crate that she left in direct sunlight with no water, according to the York County Sheriff’s Office.

Quintasia Walls, 18, of Baskins Road was charged with ill treatment of animals. She was placed in the York County Detention Center but had been released as of Monday afternoon.

York County deputies and animal control were called to Wall’s home about 2 p.m. Sunday after someone reported a dog that had been left crated in the heat, according to a sheriff’s report. Deputies found the small dog dead in the crate, which had feces and urine inside of it and no water. The crate was sitting on a slab of concrete in direct sunlight.

Walls returned to the home after deputies contacted her. She said she found the dog the night before and placed it in the kennel outside, deputies said. She said she needed to run errands Sunday and gave the dog some water before she left, but didn’t leave a bowl of water in the kennel.

The temperature at the time was 94 degrees, deputies said. Walls gave deputies several different versions of events for the day but they all started with her leaving the home just before noon.

“Ms. Walls said that she had no idea that it would get too hot for the dog and did not know she needed to leave it with water,” the report states. “Ms. Walls also had a second dog that was leashed improperly in the back yard and also did not have any water.”

The second dog had a container for water but it had been tipped over and was dry, deputies said. Walls was cited for violating the county tethering ordinance.

Animal control took the dead dog and will follow up with testing of the animal. They did not take the tethered dog because officials didn’t have a search warrant to seize the dog, said Steve Stuber, animal control manager.

Walls declined to comment when reached by The Herald.

Teddy Kulmala •  803-329-4082

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