Two dog trainers in Acton, California, are facing multiple charges, including charges of felony animal cruelty, for alleged abuse of dozens of dogs. According to the Santa Clarita Valley Signal, the accused trainers, identified as 27-year-old Junior Barillas Morales, and 24-year-old Natasha Elena Ahmad, pleaded not-guilty to the numerous charges on Wednesday.
The trainers, who operated Real Deal K-9’s, were arrested and charged after investigators discovered dead and injured dogs on their property earlier this year. One of the surviving dogs was so badly injured that a leg had to be amputated.
When investigators visited the accused duo’s home, they found “extremely dirty” conditions and two dozen dogs. Morales and Ahmad are facing 13 felony animal cruelty charges in addition to three felony counts of child endangerment, two felony counts of grand theft and two misdemeanor counts of petty theft.
The pair is due back in court later this month.
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