Dog recovers with help from Charleston Police, others

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Charleston Police recently found two abandoned puppies in a storage tote — only one survived.

A tip led Patrolman Jacob Cooper to find both puppies in the West Side of Charleston, the Kanawha-Charleston Humane Association said in a Facebook post on Tuesday night.

Cooper named the surviving dog Bluebell.

The post states that a humane officer then arrived to the area, though the specific location is not mentioned.

Bluebell will recover at the humane association after she receives care at an emergency clinic, according to the post.

Two men face animal cruelty charges in the case. Hakeem Ford, 22, and Jonathan Williams, 29, are accused of abandoning the pit bulls, according to a criminal complaint filed in Kanawha County Magistrate Court.

The humane association is asking for donations to help cover Bluebell’s medical expenses.

Contributions can be made at, where donors should write “for Bluebell” in the memo line.

“Her care will be costly,” the post states. “As always, KCHA is a non-profit, and your donation is tax-deductible.”

In the case of a Chihuahua-pug mix injured from alleged abuse on July 13, the medical costs are expected to be more than $3,000.

The dog, named Daniel by its rescuers, suffered severe burns after Teddy Estep allegedly set it on fire.

Daniel is expected to recover and go up for adoption. Estep was released on a $22,000 property bond, and a grand jury will decide whether to indict him.

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