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Lawyer for Cypress Arrow’s proprietor releases assertion on canine abuse allegations


LENA, La. (KALB) – The lawyer representing Cypress Arrow Kennel and K9 Academy’s proprietor, Tina Frey, has launched an announcement on the animal abuse allegations surrounding the Lena coaching facility. In it, Bradley Drell of Gold Weems Bruser Sues & Rundell Legislation Agency claimed that Frey is “harmless of any declare of animal cruelty” and stated the Rapides Parish Sheriff’s Workplace goes “overboard” in its investigation surrounding viral movies of canine mistreatment at Cypress Arrow.

Drell said that on Friday, Aug. 12 he organized for RPSO to satisfy with Frey at his workplace.

“4 deputies interviewed my consumer for about two and a half hours,” Drell shared. “The RPSO was given my consumer’s cellphone, in addition to the cell telephones of my consumer’s boyfriend and her daughter, Victoria Brimer, they usually have downloaded the entire contents.”

Drell added that on the afternoon of Monday, Aug. 15, roughly 15 deputies got here to Cypress Arrow to execute a search warrant, which is connected under.

“They not solely seized leashes, collars, and quirts, however computer systems, data, together with private monetary data, and even my consumer’s residence safety recordings that don’t have anything to do with the kennel,” Drell stated. “The scene resembled the FBI at Mar-a-Lago.”

Warrant used to look Cypress Arrow Kennel and K9 Academy in Lena(Brad Drell)

The search warrant was for 2 counts of aggravated cruelty to animals, that are felony expenses. At the moment, Frey has not been arrested or charged.

“The message circulating on social media that the Sheriff is in some way sweeping this case beneath the rug is totally false. Quite, the RPSO has gone overboard on this case, even though my consumer has cooperated with them fully since their investigation started,” Drell stated within the assertion.

Drell additionally shared details about how the viral movies bought to the general public, claiming that they had been “surreptitiously created by an worker who circulated these movies nearly one week after she was terminated from Cypress Arrow on August 4.”

“Revenge for her firing appears to be this former worker’s main motivation in releasing these movies and in contacting shoppers of Cypress Arrow,” Drell stated.

Within the assertion, Drell shared that Cypress Arrow was shut down Saturday, Aug. 13 “because of the movies that went viral on the web,” including that as of Friday, Aug. 12, solely 5 canines remained at Cypress Arrow and had been both picked up by their house owners or taken to a neighborhood veterinarian by the weekend.

“We had knowledgeable the RPSO of those details however they didn’t situation a press launch as they indicated that they might,” Drell said. “The posts on social media that there are nonetheless canines that belong to shoppers on the premises or that Cypress Arrow continues to be in operation are fully false.”

The assertion then strikes on to claims about Cypress Arrow’s proprietor.

“I wish to unequivocally state that Tina Frey has by no means damage or injured a canine in her care,” Drell stated. “She is a revered canine coach and is certified to coach different trainers. She is an knowledgeable within the Cane Corso breed, and it should be understood that this breed of canine was initially bred by the traditional Romans as military canines. Weighing over 100 kilos, they’ve the potential to be very harmful to human beings if not skilled correctly.”

Drell then lists situations of Cane Corso canines being violent, together with an incident in California the place a canine attacked and killed its proprietor. One other instance from Drell from the UK states {that a} Cane Corso “has a chunk as robust as a lion” and killed a small youngster there.

One of many viral movies from Cypress Arrow confirmed a Cane Corso named Fenixx being pulled from two sides with leashes whereas she was constantly hit with an object. KALB spoke with Fenixx’s house owners, who shared that they “would’ve by no means stated sure” to coaching like what’s proven within the video. In Drell’s assertion, he makes particular claims about Fenixx’s remedy, sharing that the video “creates a misunderstanding that canines are being injured.”

“Whereas the video is disturbing for a lot of to look at, what must be understood is that Fenixx on the time was trying to chew via a leash, which might have allowed Fenixx to chunk both Ms. Frey or her daughter,” Drell said. “Ms. Frey was utilizing the quirt to direct Fenixx away from biting via the leash.”

Drell connected a video to his assertion, exhibiting Fenixx’s house owners choosing the canine up from Cypress Arrow on Friday, Aug. 12, which is connected under.

In it, each Fenixx’s house owners and Frey hit themselves with the item used to hit the canine within the video, known as a quirt. Drell claims that “whereas the quirt makes some noise, it’s versatile and never painful.”

“Whereas I perceive that many individuals really feel, and a few fairly strongly, that the usage of the quirt will not be what they might do to appropriate a canine, the usage of the quirt will not be inhumane beneath the regulation,” Drell stated. “Fenixx was under no circumstances injured, as is proven within the video.”

Drell ended the assertion insisting that Frey is harmless.

“Tina Frey is harmless of any declare of animal cruelty. No expenses have been introduced and we await the conclusion of the RPSO investigation. If expenses are introduced, I’ll vigorously defend Ms. Frey,” Drell stated.

KALB reached out to RPSO for remark about Drell’s assertion and had been instructed the workplace is constant its investigation.

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