YORK COUNTY, S.C. — A South Carolina woman is accused of leaving a puppy in a storage unit, according to WBTV.
Britney Biegel is charged with one count of animal cruelty.
The manager of a Rock Hill, S.C. storage facility notified police Thursday morning after hearing barking noises coming from one of the units.
When officers arrived, they found a puppy in a crate with an empty food bowl.
“The dog was malnourished. The food was gone and the water was empty,” Officer Paul Myers told WBTV.
Biegel told police she only left the puppy in the unit for one night, but detectives aren’t convinced.
“Obviously, that was not. It was too long for the dog to be in there, in addition to the fact that it did violate policy of the storage, in addition to the welfare of the dog,” Myers said.
Officers told WBTV they believe the puppy had been left in the unit for at least two days.
“The dog has to have adequate food, shelter and water, and the dog did not have two of those three,” Myers said.
Biegel told officers that she was planning to pick the dog up Thursday morning after moving into her new apartment.
The manager of Cherry Road Self Storage would not comment on the situation because of a confidentiality agreement on their lease.
According to WBTV, the puppy was taken to York County Animal Shelter and is expected to make a full recovery.
Biegel was released from the Rock Hill City Jail on a $2,000 bond.