UPDATE: Cleveland Police detailed another complaint filed against Steven Kinder on Wednesday.
Jason Boehm says he dropped off his six month old lab in January. At the end of four weeks, he says Kinder said he needed to keep the dog an additional week “to work out some problems.”
But when Boehm saw the stories emerging this week, he immediately went to get his dog. he found the dog very skinny and in poor condition and took him immediately to the vet. The vet diagnosed him with dehydration, tartar, carpal laxity (a condition affecting the carpal bones caused by weakness of the limbs due to lack of exercise), pressure sores, and underweight.
Cleveland Police are charging Kinder with another count of cruelty to animals.
CLEVELAND, Tenn. (WDEF) — Kinder Dog Training in Cleveland now under investigation by the Cleveland Police Department after allegations surface of severe animal abuse.
Owner Steven Kinder has been charged with more counts of cruelty to animals after making bond for four counts of animal abuse earlier this week.
Some of the charges come after Atlanta’s Abigail Eastburn found her Great Dane Duncan extremely malnourished and full of sores after being boarded seven weeks with Kinder.
“I picked him up, I saw him, and I collapsed to the ground in the parking lot and called the police right then and there,” Eastburn said.
Eastburn met dog trainer Steven Kinder at the Red Lobster Sunday in Dalton to pick up her great dane puppy Duncan. Immediately she noticed how emaciated and worn down Duncan was. That’s when she filed a report with Dalton Police who then referred her to Cleveland Police.
“We have discovered since bringing him home that we think he suffered physical abuse. Little things are triggering him. If we move too quickly, he will urinate himself,” Eastburn said. “My boyfriend took his belt off and he bit him. So there’s just no telling what he went through. And I wish he had a voice.”
According to the report, Kinder said that Eastburn was adamant Duncan only be fed a certain amount, which he claimed caused the 30 pounds of weight loss. However, Eastburn denies this.
“I asked numerous times every time I called if he needed more food. Every time I was told he was doing perfectly fine, he was happy, healthy, and not hungry,” Eastburn said.
Eastburn is not the first dog owner to have problems with Kinder.
Abby and Jason Evans of Walker County picked up their pit bull mix Tank about a year ago with almost the exact same symptoms as Duncan.
“Not to sound too hyper-sensitive about it but somewhat traumatic, but this happened to her, and in her mind and in my mind a little bit too, if we had pressed this harder back last year could this had possibly stopped what happened now?” Evans’ attorney Jeremy Jones said.
The Evans family is suing Kinder for $6,000 in damages and fees.
The Hamilton County Humane Educational Society housed five dogs at Kinder’s facility. They were picked up Tuesday, and the director Bob Citrullo tells News 12 all five were underweight 15 to 20 pounds, had numerous internal parasite and skin sores.
Kinder has declined to comment on any accusations.