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Man arrested in disturbing animal cruelty case due in court Tuesday



The Richland County Sheriff’s Department has made an arrest in connection with a disturbing crime over the weekend involving a man setting a pit bull puppy on fire in a church parking lot.

The sheriff’s department arrested Hykeem Dontavious Jabar Golson, 21, Monday, and charged him with felony ill treatment of animals. Golson, deputies said, was arrested at his residence at the Wellsprings Apartments on Harbison Boulevard.

Golson is due in court Tuesday afternoon.


Investigators said they were able to identify Golson after questioning witnesses and friends.

Investigators said the puppy was an 8 to 10-week old female Pit bull that died from her injuries. We are told the puppy suffered third-degree burns.

Sgt. Brittany Jackamonis with the Richland County Sheriff’s Department said around 7 p.m. on Saturday deputies were called to the parking lot of Grace United Methodist Church on Harbison Boulevard. Fire officials were already on scene when deputies arrived.

A witness said he was walking his dogs in the neighborhood when he heard yelping noises and saw something on fire. He said he knew immediately it was an animal. He said the man burning the puppy began walking toward him so he rushed to get his animals to safety and called 911.

Shortly after the witness called authorities, deputies said the man ran off.

Golson has been taken to the Alvin S. Glenn Detention Center.

[Source Story: HumansLovingAnimals ]

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