Training academy statement after viral video

Training academy releases statement after video of dog being hit with a bat circulates

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A formal statement has been released by a Bothell, Washington, training academy about a viral video which shows a dog being repeatedly hit with a plastic bat during a training session. On Tuesday, the Academy of Canine Behavior addressed the disturbing video, which has been widely circulated on social media over the past several weeks.

The statement reads in part:

“The Academy of Canine Behavior’s owners do not condone the treatment of animals in our care as shown in a two-year old video recently released by a disgruntled former employee. The employees shown and heard in this video are no longer in our employ or have been reassigned.”

The footage in the video was disturbing enough that the Snohomish County Animal Control investigated the situation in July 2018. The investigation did not result in the issuance of any citations or warnings.

Training academy owners speak out

The owners stated:

“We were made aware of this video about three weeks ago, although the video is from over two years ago. We do not condone the actions in this video and the person recording the video (whose voice is heard, and laughing) has not been here for almost 2 years.”


“The person working the dog is no longer employed here. We have confirmed with the staff that there has not been further such incidents and we will not tolerate abuse of dogs in our care. Since that video was taken we have had hundreds of dogs through our program.”

The damning video

Find the entire statement here.

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14 replies
  1. Marni Montanez says:

    My question would be to the employee who has not worked there for two years. Why didn’t they release this when it happened? Why did they wait two years? Was this revenge. And to the manager please make sure this never happens again.

  2. Barkley's Mom says:

    How wonderful a video like this surfaces after 2 years. Why wait so long? I do hope they are telling the truth about the employee doing this no longer works there but I question the statement “or have been reassigned”. Reassigned? This is why I have always done training with my pets.

  3. Animal Advocate says:

    What is the statute of limitations in Washington? The employee should have been fired, as well as arrested! Sickening!

  4. Jan Barnes says:

    Another example of POOR OR NO OVERSIGHT! I think a complete investigation should be conducted! Nobody should ever ever leave their pets with them again! Beating animals is NOT part of obedience training!

  5. Adrienne says:

    Would have been much more accurate if it was released when it happened, not 2 yrs. later. Where is this so called trainer and is she doing this to other dogs? She should be running 50 laps around the track herself. Sorry about saying that, but big woman hitting a smaller dog is just not right.

  6. pamela bolton says:

    Charges should be brought against this Cretan, regardless if it was yesterday or two years ago. This dog is terrified.

  7. Sue says:

    More of the same old excuses. Many of these dog training places (especially the ones calling themselves academies, or boot camps, or Schutzhund, or K9 training) are run by those who ascribe to the military-style (Conrad Most and William Koehler) “training,” which is standard also in police and sheriffs K9 units.

    Why is the video out 2 years later? I don’t know, but I do know that I have been trying to expose this crap since 1981, and it isn’t as easy as one might think. The mainstream media has not only ignored it, but helped them cover it up.

    In 1981, I was told that the hanging of a K9 in the station was “the exception to the rule,” and they had stopped doing that over 20 years earlier. I had knowledge that they were still doing it all the time, but getting the proof was very difficult, as they were now being more secretive and also watching me. I contacted all the animal rights groups, and the media. No help at all.
    In 1985, I was able to get enough corroborating information to approach the chief of police again (I also went to the city manager’s office, the “humane” society, and, again, the media, all of which did nothing). This time, the chief put in writing that “it’s been at least 3 years since our K9’s have been strung up or choked out.” It was still more LIES. I was personally lied to by a K9 handler, who said, “Congratulations, you got it stopped,” and at the same time, my car was vandalized, and then sabotaged 2 weeks later. Then I was able to get my hands on a necropsy report regarding one of our K9’s who died of “severe hemorrhage into the chest” shortly after I saw him being flung around like a rag doll at the end of his leash and pronged choker.

    I continued to try to get video, but they were becoming ever more secretive about when and where they would commit their torture of the dogs, while continuing the lie that they didn’t do this anymore. In 1997, I received inside information about the manual strangulation of a K9, while he was being kicked in the testicles (he later had to be neutered, because of that damage). Interestingly, the woman who got upset over this incident had been exposed to repeated hanging and kicking of dogs for over 4 years (perhaps she is like that lady who was videotaping the beating in this article). That led to some very nasty physical, legal (or rather illegal) repercussions for those who spoke out, and STILL nothing done, and STILL the media covered up for them.

    Bottom line, I did the research, and found out this is the standard. And military style “trainers” resort to violence, and even torture.

    Anyway, to not make this too much longer, it is STILL going on, and so when these places say they no longer do that, and it’s a ‘disgruntled employee,’ I don’t believe them. Nasty cruel people are generally liars, too.

  8. Laura says:

    That giggling witch in the background sounds like she got sexually excited by the beating, and the obese sadist is obviously some raging degenerate as well. But then every person there is in the same boat. Nobody ran in to stop her, wtf. I hope the dog’s people were outraged at this and sue the hell out of them and that they’re put out of business. Unless you’re encouraged to be there for your dog’s training, and only if really needed, trust no dog trainers. A lot of deranged people go into that business. Police dog training is especially heinous, and that’s why a disturbing number of those dogs die early from “mysterious” conditions, or go berserk from the mental damage they’ve suffered and “have to be destroyed.”

  9. Deborah Dearmore says:

    Post that fat ass bitches name on here and hopefully there will be some good someone that will show her what the hell it fills like to have a ball bat taken to them and hopefully a lot more pain. She deserves a beating that she want forget. Please someone, give that poor baby some Justice. He didn’t deserve to be treated like that. Take video of it and post it on internet.

  10. JEANETTE says:

    that dumb needs that bat used on her instead. the dog was doing Nothing wrong. she shouldn’t even be around an animal.

  11. Red says:

    How could ANYONE who worked there NOT see this HOG beating an animal?? This whole place should be closed….they are pleading ignorance…and I do not buy it! THEY HAD TO SEE what was going on.

  12. Nancy Raymond says:

    I bet this so called ‘training’ program was hoping this video was never published – two years later is a little late and now the cover up begins – was this obese bitch fired immediately after she decided she could take a bat to an innocent animal OR did this Academy of Canine Behavior wait until the video was released to finally dump this useless waste of space? This fat twat needs exactly what she gave – only with a nice heavy wooden bat – her cruelty deserves it.


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