Man accused of leaving his dog locked in crate to die after eviction

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- A dog found dead in a crate inside a bedroom closet has led to charges against a Missouri man who police say left the pet behind when he was evicted from his apartment.

Blayne Trevor Theunissen, 25, is charged with animal neglect and animal abuse, a misdemeanor.

Animal control officers made the grisly find Sept. 17 when they were called out to The Crossing at Barry Road, an apartment complex south of I-29 and Barry Road in the Northland, according to the charging documents.

Officials say they found the decomposing body of a female chocolate Labrador retriever mix inside a crate in the abandoned apartment. (Facebook)

The apartment manager told the animal control officer that after Theunissen was evicted, they went into the apartment and found the dog dead and decomposing in the bedroom closet.

The dog was a female chocolate Labrador retriever mix.

The dog's body was examined by a veterinarian, who determined she was severely emaciated at the time of death. Her 'body condition score' was a 1 out of 9.

The veterinarian's report said there were large maggots found on her of more mature larvae.

The investigator noted he tried to reach Theunissen numerous times.

"At this time, Blayne Theunissen is refusing to cooperate with the investigation involving animal abuse and neglect," said the special investigator in his report.

The eviction notice went up on Theunissen's  door on June 30, according to apartment management. The eviction was executed on Sept. 7, although Theunissen was not there.

It is unclear how long the dog had been left alone, unfed in her crate in the apartment closet.