BLACK CREEK, Wisconsin (WBAY) – A Black Creek dog trainer closed their business after a disturbing video was posted of alleged abuse.
It has been circulating on social media and on Tuesday the Outagamie County Sheriff’s Department confirmed that the incident is being actively investigated.
The video shows In Touch Dog Training owner Allen Burnsworth with a puppy named Odie who appears to be crouching and scared while giving orders.
“The first reaction, of course, is extreme anger,” said Luke Janssen, the owner of Odie.
Since Action 2 News decided not to show much of the video, Janssen described the incident.
“I don’t know if he snapped or what, but Allen lifts Odie on a leash and essentially hangs him up for a period of time and from that position probably knocks him to the ground once, maybe several times,” he said.,
The incident occurred in November.
The video was captured on a surveillance camera by a former employee who told us that she quit because of what she saw.
“If something like this happens to my dog, I would like to know,” said Shaunna Herrick, who also met with investigators from the sheriff’s department.
She added, âI wanted to be able to go to the police with something. I needed to say something, it’s not just here to say, it’s actually what happens. “
Online, a Google entry for the company now says “permanently closed”.
Action 2 News also spoke to Burnsworth on the phone.
He has confirmed that he has ceased operations and has already removed the signs.
Burnsworth also emailed Action 2 News a consultation form in which Janssen admits that Odie has caught people in the past and needs help dealing with aggression.
“The clip that is out there is 55 seconds or 54 seconds, but it is less than a minute to deal with an aggressive dog that was trying to bite and was trying to bite several of the trainers and they asked me to intervene trying to help, âsaid Burnsworth.
Once the investigation is over, Burnsworth is confident he will be acquitted.
âWe are being overwhelmed by social media. It’s crazy that we received death threats, âhe said.
Odie has been examined by a vet and appears to be fine.
Janssen said, “I wanted to get it out and get some interest because I want to make sure it doesn’t happen to other people’s pets and that obviously no other innocent dogs are harmed.”
The In Touch Dog Training website also claims to be an affiliate of the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers.
The team’s president, Rob Zerjav, says it does not and an injunction will be issued to Burnsworth to remove that reprimand.
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