COLUMBIA, S.C. (WCBD) — A judge issued a $10,000 bond for the man accused of setting a puppy on fire in a church parking lot near Columbia on Saturday, November 12.
Hykeem Dontavious Jabar Golson, 21, was charged with felony ill treatment of animals. A state prosecutor said he set the dog on fire in a “vengeful act” against his girlfriend.
Golson was arrested at his home at the Wellsprings Apartments on Harbison Boulevard, according to NBC affiliate WIS. Investigators were able to identify Golson after questioning witnesses and friends.
On November 12 at around 7 p.m., a witness called 911 after seeing a man burn the 10-week-old pit bull puppy in a parking lot near Irmo.
Officials say the puppy was rushed to an emergency veterinarian but died from its injuries.
Taking a look at his criminal background from the State Law Enforcement Division, Golson sentenced to five years following a conviction for grand larceny and financial transaction card theft charges in Lexington County. He’s also been arrested on drugs, driving under suspension, uninsured motor vehicle, possession of a stolen vehicle, reckless driving, and shoplifting charges.