A mother and daughter have been accused of abusing dogs at their training facility in Louisiana.
Tina Frey, the owner of Cypress Arrow Kennel & K9 Academy, and her 21-year-old daughter, Victoria Brimer, are charged with aggravated cruelty to animals, according to an announcement released on Facebook by the Rapides Parish Sheriff’s Office on Thursday. They were arrested after authorities received information about the alleged cruelty of canines in their care.
The police initiated an investigation against the dog-training duo after a video showed Frey “hitting a cane Corso dog on the head with a riding crop” went viral earlier this month.
Both ladies were freed on a $10,000 bond, but police stated that the case is “still a very active and ongoing investigation,” and that additional charges are still possible.
Frey’s attorney, Brad Drell, told People that his client has never harmed an animal at her facility. He stated that she is a “master” of the cane Corso breed.
“I want to clarify categorically that Tina Frey has never harmed or injured any of the dogs in her care,” he stated. “She is a well-known dog trainer who is also qualified to instruct other trainers.”
Drell went on to say that the cane Corso dog weighs more than 100 pounds and that “they have the potential to be highly hazardous to humans if not properly trained.” He also said that the video that caused the pair’s initial dispute, which involves a dog named Fenix, is deceptive and “creates the erroneous impression that pets are being injured.”
“While the video is upsetting for viewers to see, it is important to understand that Fenixx was attempting to chew through a leash at the time, which would have allowed Fenixx to bite either Ms. Frey or her daughter,” he stated.
The video shows the women holding a leash and pushing it in opposing directions, while one of them whips the dog with a little whip. Drell described the gadget as “flexible and painless.”
“While I recognize that many people, some quite strongly, believe that using the quirt to discipline a dog is inhumane, the usage of the quirt is not illegal. As demonstrated in the video, Fenix was not wounded in any way “Drell stated. “Tina Frey is not guilty of any charges of animal cruelty.”
Via: Daily News