Man pleads in animal cruelty case

WARREN — A Niles man guilty of abandoning two dogs and letting them starve, one of them to death, will be sentenced in the coming weeks.

John Patterson, 31, of Cedar Street, pleaded guilty Tuesday to two misdemeanor counts of attempted cruelty to companion animals. Patterson, who had been facing felony level animal cruelty charges, will be sentenced in the next six to eight weeks following a pre-sentence investigation, according to court personnel.

Patterson abandoned two dogs at a residence at 231 S. Cedar St. without food or water in May 2017, a police report states. Both dogs appeared starved and one was dead, the report states. Patterson wasn’t allowed to have pets but he got two pitbulls, landlord Lory Patrick wrote in a statement to police.

Patrick wrote that Patterson said he would pay a pet security deposit, although he never did, and two weeks later he moved out and she was assured he took the dogs with him, Patrick wrote. While cutting grass a handyman saw one dog in the basement through a window and Patrick called the Trumbull County dog warden, Patrick wrote.

“They responded immediately and found one dog in the basement who starved to death and another dog horribly emaciated,” Patrick wrote.