Rock Hill man arrested after dog found chained with no food or water

Thames Rock Hill Police

A Rock Hill man was arrested this week after a dog was found chained up outside his home in November with no food or water and had an open wound caused by the chain, according to police.

Almonzo Lamont Thames, 27, was charged with cruelty to animals and placed in the city jail, where he remained Tuesday under $1,200 bond, according to jail records.

Officers investigated an abandoned dog at a home on Arnold Street on Nov. 25, according to a Rock Hill Police Department report. A neighbor said a young dog between 6 months and a year old was left in the back yard with a chain around its neck.

The dog did not have food or water and was stuck on the steps of the back door with limited movement, police said. It also had a “serious” laceration to its neck where the collar and chain penetrated the skin, leaving visible flesh open to infection.

Officers obtained a search warrant to seize the dog and turn it over to York County Animal Control, which took the dog to an animal hospital.

A police spokesman said Thames was no longer living at the home, and that officers located him Monday.

Teddy Kulmala: 803-329-4082, @teddy_kulmala