Two Charged After Rock Hill Police Find Puppies Starved To Death

ROCK HILL, S.C. — Rock Hill Police arrested two people on animal cruelty charges after a search warrant determined an adult dog was eating her litter because she had been starved.

The investigation began after officers responded to an animal abuse call on Keels Avenue.  The officers reportedly observed a dead puppy in the backyard of the home.  Officers obtained a search warrant and found three more dead puppies, according to a police report.

Police say two of the puppies were in the backyard, one was in a trash can and a fourth was located inside a laundry basket.

Officers say they also found an adult female dog in the backyard that appeared to be the mother of the puppies.  Police say the dog was eating her litter to survive.  No food or water was provided for the dogs, according to Rock Hill Police.  Officers also say it appeared the dogs were starved.

The dog owner, Maurice Phillips, and care taker, Sandra Gallman, were both charged with four counts of ill treatment of animals 1st offense and one count of ill treatment of animals (torture).