Pet owner arrested after leaving puppy in Rock Hill storage unit

Biegel Rock Hill Police

A Rock Hill woman was charged with animal cruelty after leaving a puppy locked in a storage unit, according to police.

Officers responded to a storage facility on Hearn Street after the owner said he heard a dog barking in a storage unit while opening an adjacent unit, according to a Rock Hill Police report. The owner told officers it is against leasing terms to have live animals inside the unit.

The owner cut the lock off the unit and found a small black puppy in a crate inside, police said. The lone bowl in the crate was empty and dry and the dog “appeared malnourished.”

Police spoke on the phone with the unit’s rentor, Britney Biegel, 23, who said she put the dog in the unit on Wednesday and was planning to pick it up when she moved into her new apartment Thursday.

York County Animal Control secured the dog, the report states. Biegel was charged with ill treatment of animals and placed in the Rock Hill city jail, according to jail records. She was released Thursday under $2,000 bond.

Teddy Kulmala: 803-329-4082, @teddy_kulmala