A woman was arrested on charges of animal cruelty on Thursday after the manager of Cherry Road Self Storage in Rock Hill, S.C., heard barking coming from inside a unit and called police. Investigators found a puppy, believed to be less than a year old, in a dog crate in a unit at 1022 Hearn St. The animal was without food or water, according to the source.
"The dog was malnourished. The food was gone and the water was empty," said Rock Hill Police Officer Paul Myers.
The dog’s owner, Britney Biegel, was arrested and charged with one count of animal cruelty. Biegel told police the animal had only been in the unit for one night and that she had planned it pick it up on Thursday morning when she moved into a new apartment. Police believe the dog was likely in the unit for at least two days.
The puppy was turned over to York County Animal Control and is expected to recover, the source reported.
Biegel was released on a $2,000 bond.
Cherry Road Self Storage is a part of Storage and Supplies, a Griffin Storage Co. In addition to self-storage, the facility offers boat and RV storage, U-Haul truck rental, and a retail center that offers moving and packing supplies. Storage and Supplies operates six facilities in the Carolinas.