Rock Hill woman accused of leaving puppy in storage unit

Published: Apr. 15, 2016 at 8:56 PM EDT|Updated: May. 15, 2016 at 9:09 PM EDT
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YORK COUNTY, SC (WBTV) - After the manager of a Rock Hill storage facility heard barking noises out of one of the units, the owner of that unit is arrested and charged with animal cruelty.

Rock Hill Police say they received a call from the manager of the Cherry Road Self Storage Thursday morning about the dog in the storage unit.

When officers arrived, they found a puppy - believed to be younger than a year old - in a crate. Its bowl was empty.

"The dog was malnourished. The food was gone and the water was empty," said Officer Paul Myers.

The dog's owner, Britney Biegel, is now charged with one count of animal cruelty. She told police she left the puppy in the unit for only one night.

Detectives aren't buying that.

"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.

After seeing the one bowl in the dog's crate was empty and completely dry, officers believed 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.

WBTV reached out to Biegel for a comment, but she was not home. In the police report, she told officers she was going to pick the dog up Thursday morning, when she was moving into her new apartment.

The storage facility's managers could not comment on the situation, citing the confidentiality agreement on Biegel's lease.

The puppy is now with York County Animal Control, and is expected to make a full recovery.

After being brought to Rock Hill City Jail, Biegel was released on a $2,000 bond.

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