In Johnson City, Tennessee, a dog training facility’s owner has been charged with animal cruelty after a young dog reportedly died while being boarded and trained. Randi LaFerney, the owner of Off Leash K9 Training and trainer Andrew Hunigan, face aggravated animal cruelty charges.
According to WcybNews, the Washington County Animal Control investigation reports the 8-month-old miniature bull terrier was taken to Off Leash on March 18 and had been scheduled to stay for two weeks. When brought to the trainer, the dog weighed 32 pounds. When the trainer stated he recommended the dog stay longer, the owner agreed, and during the six-week period, the owner was not allowed to visit his dog because it would interrupt the training.
It was not until May 1, the family was informed their dog had died. When the owner picked up their pet’s body, the puppy’s weight was 16 pounds. LaFerney is alleged to have told the family their dog died after it became stuck in its kennel and died from injuries.
The dog’s body has been sent for a necropsy to determine the exact cause of death. Off Leash K9 Training state they are cooperating fully with the investigation.
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