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Men accused of leaving puppies to die in Charleston alley charged

Hakeem T. Ford, 22, and Johnathan Lee Williams, 29, are charged with two counts of cruelty to animals, a misdemeanor charge, according to criminal complaints filed in Kanawha County Magistrate Court. (West Virginia Regional Jail)

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WCHS/WVAH) - Two men have been charged after police said two puppies were left for dead in an alley on the West Side of Charleston.

Hakeem T. Ford, 22, and Johnathan Lee Williams, 29, are charged with two counts of cruelty to animals, a misdemeanor charge, according to criminal complaints filed in Kanawha County Magistrate Court.

According to the complaints, Ford and Williams told investigators they left the puppies in the alley to die after attempting to get medical treatment for them.

The Kanawha-Charleston Humane Association said Ford and Williams were at the shelter Tuesday looking for low-cost veterinary care, but the puppies were not with them. The shelter said the two men told the staff the puppies had parvo. Staff members gave Ford and Williams a list of several local veterinarian offices and were told they would be taking the puppies to one of the offices.

The puppies were found at about 6:30 p.m. that same day. They had been left in a plastic storage tote without food or water.

When police found the puppies, one had already died and the other was hiding under a trash bin.

A release from the shelter said the puppies were severely dehydrated and their ribs, spine and hip bones were visible from a distance. The shelter said both puppies tested negative for parvo.

The puppy that survived has been named Bluebell. She was taken to the South Charleston Emergency Veterinary Clinic for treatment. Bluebell is receiving treatment at the Kanwaha-Charleston Humane Association, where she is on the road to recovery.

Williams and Ford are being held in the South Central Regional Jail on $10,000 bond.

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