A Louisiana mom and daughter have been arrested and charged after allegedly abusing canines at their coaching facility.
Cypress Arrow Kennel & K9 Academy proprietor Tina Frey, 52, and her daughter Victoria Brimer, 21, face two counts of aggravated cruelty to animals, the Rapides Parish Sheriff’s Workplace mentioned in a Fb put up on Thursday.
The 2 have been arrested after officers have been alerted of a social media video exhibiting Frey placing a Cane Corso canine on the top with a driving crop. Detectives then opened an investigation and affirmed the validity of the video.
Police have been thus in a position to set up “ample possible trigger that supported the unique grievance,” the sheriff’s workplace mentioned.
Each of the accused have been launched on $10,000 bond.
The sheriff’s workplace mentioned the investigation stays “very energetic and ongoing” and that the mom and daughter might face further costs.
“I wish to thank the general public for bearing with us whereas we performed an entire and thorough investigation into these allegations,” Sheriff Mark Wooden mentioned within the Fb put up. “
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“I might additionally prefer to commend our Animal Management Part and our detectives of their investigation of this incident and to staying the course, following the proof the place it leads and never bending to strain of a fast arrest,” he continued. “We at all times take these animal complaints critically as we do all crimes, however we even have to research and ensure the alleged crime matches the regulation.”
Frey’s lawyer Brad Drell insists that his consumer is harmless, saying in an announcement to Individuals journal, “I wish to unequivocally state that Tina Frey has by no means damage or injured a canine in her care. She is a revered canine coach and is certified to coach different trainers.”
Drell mentioned Frey is an “skilled” in coping with the Cane Corso breed.
“Weighing over 100 kilos, they’ve the potential to be very harmful to human beings if not educated property,” he mentioned, pointing to current incidents by which the breed has attacked individuals.
The lawyer, addressing the video depicting the alleged abuse, mentioned the clip of Frey “utilizing a squirt [a short whip] on” the canine named Fenixx “creates a misunderstanding that canines are being injured.
“Whereas the video is disturbing for a lot of to observe, what must be understood is that Fenixx on the time was making an attempt to chew by a leash, which might have allowed Fenixx to chew both Ms. Frey or her daughter,” he mentioned.
The video reveals two ladies every holding a leash and pulling in reverse instructions as one lady, who Dreel identifies as Frey, whips on the animal.
He mentioned Frey used a quirt to cease the canine from biting by the leash, and famous that the video reveals Frey and Fenixx’s proprietor utilizing the quirt on themselves and “experiencing no ache.”
“Whereas the quirt makes some noise, it’s versatile and never painful,” Drell mentioned. “Whereas I perceive that many individuals really feel, and a few fairly strongly, that using the quirt just isn’t what they’d do to appropriate a canine, using the quirt just isn’t inhumane underneath the regulation. Fenixx was by no means injured, as is proven within the video.”