WASHINGTON COUNTY, Tenn. (WJHL) – The owner of a Johnson City K9 training facility and one of the facility’s trainers appeared in Washington County Circuit Court Friday morning.
It was the first appearance in the circuit court for Off Leash K9 Training owner Randi LaFerney and trainer Andrew Hunigan.
Both are charged with aggravated cruelty to animals. LaFerney is also charged with attempted tampering with evidence.
In court Friday, both LaFerney and Hunigan pleaded not guilty to the charges.
LaFerney’s attorney, Rick Spivey, sent the following statement to News Channel 11:
“Randi LaFerney is innocent and look froward to presenting her case in court. Randi LaFerney never had physical control of the dog Dallas until his death. She worked diligently to get Dallas’s body back to the family. There was no legal proceeding pending when she gave the dog back to the family.”Rick Spivey
In June, the owners of the dog that died in the care of the training facility testified in court.
Brian and Susan Arnold’s dog, Dallas, passed away in May.
“When you take your pet to a facility like this you expect that they’re looking out for your pet’s best interest,” said Brian. “Why would they be in that business if they were not?”
LaFerney and Hunigan’s case is scheduled back in court January 30, 2020.