Akron Rottweiler Starved to Death After Owner Moved, Police Say

Kenneth Weaver III is charged with abandonment and cruelty to animals after leaving his pet Rottweiler to die in an Akron apartment with no food, heat or water.

Akron police reported they were called to the man’s former residence this weekend when the landlord accused his former tenant of stealing some appliances. What they found instead was more horrific.

The Rottweiler’s body was discovered on the living room floor, police reported. The animal appeared to have died from starvation.

The dog’s owner is currently at Summit County Jail.

When an Akron man moved, police say he left his Rottweiler behind.

With no heat, food or water, the dog died, apparently from starvation. Now, the dog’s owner is facing criminal charges.

Kenneth Weaver III, 25, has been charged with cruelty to animals, a fifth-degree felony, and abandoning animals, a second-degree misdemeanor. He was arrested Friday and booked into the Summit County Jail, where he is still being held on a $2,500 bond.

Akron police responded to a call Feb. 3 from the landlord of an apartment building in the 2300 block of 17th Street SW. The landlord claimed his tenant stole the appliances from the apartment when he moved.

Officers checking the apartment found the dead Rottweiler in the living room.

The landlord said the dog belonged to Weaver and he wasn’t sure exactly when Weaver moved out, but that it was sometime after Nov. 1, according to a police report.

The apartment was cold and had no heat or electricity. Officers found no accessible food or water for the dog, not even an empty bag of dog food. The bathroom door was closed, so the dog couldn’t even drink water out of the toilet. The toilet water was frozen anyway, according to a police report.

“It’s just cruel,” said Lt. Rick Edwards, a police spokesman.

The dog had gone to the bathroom all over the apartment, with no one letting it outside, police say.

Officers found a cat litter box on the second floor of the apartment, but no signs of a cat or food and water for a cat.

Tim Harland, a senior humane officer with the Humane Society of Summit County, said the Rottweiler was 3 or 4 years old.

The landlord said he rented the apartment to Weaver on a verbal contract and he lived there for about a year. He said Weaver stopped paying rent and he asked Weaver to move out, according to a police report.

Weaver won’t be charged with stealing the appliances because there’s no way to prove he was responsible, Edwards said.