Man Arrested After Dog Freezes to Death in Charleston

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A man has been arrested after a dog was found frozen to death in Charleston, West Virginia.

The Charleston Police Department has charged Alvin Ray Swoope Jr. with cruelty to animals.

A Charleston Humane Officer went to a house on Buena Vista Place in Charleston after they received a call that a dog had died.

The officer said that behind the house, he found a pit bull laying next to a dog house that had no bedding.

The officer also says that dog seemed to have tried to dig under the dog house to try and escape the cold.

The humane officer also believes that emaciation and dehydration contributed to the death of the animal.

Police said that when they found the dog, she was frozen to the ground, and the dog had large pieces of ice and stick frozen to her.

Police then took the dog to the Kanawha-Charleston Humane Association for medical assessment.

A neighbor identified Swoope as the owner of the dog.

The neighbor told police that he had seen Swoope walking the dog, tying the dog to the Red SUV in the driveway, and keeping the dog in a crate in the driveway.

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