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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