Off Leash K9 Training owner issues statement amid animal cruelty charges

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JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (WJHL)- The owner of Off Leash K9 Training in Johnson City has issued a statement following allegations of aggravated animal abuse.

Randi LaFerney sent the following statement to News Channel 11 Friday morning.

“I have been involved in animal advocacy for 20 years. I have never been charged for a crime related to my animal ventures or anything else. The first time I laid eyes on Dallas other than his puppy consult in December was on May 2nd after I received a heart breaking call that he had died. I pride myself on my respect and care for animals and hire trainers with the same attitude. I trust that they care for these animals the way I would. I can honestly say at this time that I do not know what happened, but I do know I had absolutely no idea that Dallas was anything but a healthy dog until I learned of his untimely death. I have expressed my deepest sympathies to Dallas’ owners and will continue to do so. This isolated incident is not a reflection of my business and goes against everything I have worked so hard for for 20 years. I appreciate my loyal customers and this community for having patience and not making unwarranted judgments against me or any of my businesses before this process is complete.”

-Randi LaFerney

LaFerney was booked into jail in Washington County, Tennessee May 13 on aggravated animal cruelty charges after a dog reportedly died while being boarded at the facility. 

A trainer at the facility, Andrew Hunigan, was also booked and charged in this case. 

They have both since bonded out of jail. 

ALSO: Attorney of Off Leash K9 Training owner issues statement on animal cruelty allegations

Director of the Washington County, Tennessee Animal Shelter Tammy Davis said they were notified about the death on Thursday, May 2nd. 

RELATED: Tri-Cities dog training company charged with aggravated animal cruelty after dog dies in care

A necropsy report revealed the 8-month-old miniature bull terrier named Dallas, had 0% fat content and there was no presence of food in the GI tract.

RELATED: Necropsy: Dog at Off Leash K9 Training died from starvation, had ‘0% fat content’

Both LaFerney and Hunigan are due back in court next month as a judge set a preliminary hearing to see if there is probable cause in their cases. 

Stay with News Channel 11 as we continue to follow this developing story. 

RELATED: “That shock collar had embedded in his neck:” Vet describes dog boarded by Off Leash K9 Training

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