Dog trainer kills dogs

Cody, a Miniature Daschund owned by Brenda Romeo, died hours after she retrieved him from a  dog-training centre in Oshawa.

Cody, a Miniature Daschund owned by Brenda Romeo, died hours after she retrieved him from a dog-training centre in Oshawa.

What is this? Dogs don’t listen so you beat them to death?

If this happend to my dogs, let’s just say they had a behaviour problem which they don’t nor do they need training , and I took them to a place like this and they ended up dead? Me being angry would be just be part of the reaction, I am in no way violent but I am there to protect them and then some monster kills my dogs?? This story makes me angry.

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Raveena Aulakh Staff Reporter

The last time Brenda Romeo saw Cody, her Miniature Dachshund, she wept uncontrollably.

His head down, Cody was in a crate at FACW K9 Training and Rehabilitation Centre, a dog training centre in Oshawa.

Romeo rushed him to a veterinarian in Pickering, where she lives, but less than six hours later, her 6-year-old dog was dead.

“We are still not over Cody’s death,” says Romeo. “He was the baby of the family.”

Craig Wright, the 42-year-old owner of FACW K9, was arrested Friday and charged with four counts of cruelty to animals.

Durham Regional Police allege Wright kicked dogs, hung them from their leashes and even allowed them to fight.

The Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals also laid three charges against Wright in relation to Cody’s death.

Wright was also charged last week with obstructing police after allegedly telling two different stories about what happened to a missing Border Collie.

Romeo and her daughter, Andrea, took Cody to FACW K9 on March 30. “We just wanted him to socialize with other dogs,” says Romeo. “He was a bit nervous around others.”

She says she researched Wright and FACW K9 on the Internet before leaving Cody there.

When the mother and daughter met Wright their first impression was that he was a “bit harsh with the dogs,” Romeo says. “But there were about a dozen dogs there and they were all quiet … We thought he was training them well.”

There were Rottweilers, German Shepherds and Chihuahuas at the centre, says Romeo.

The Romeos paid about $1,200 and left Cody for a month. Wright told them they could see him in a couple of weeks.

Romeo says that on April 8 at about 8 a.m., she received a call from Wright saying Cody wasn’t well and she needed to take him to a vet right away.

“I rushed Cody to the vet but he died on the table,” she says, adding that as soon as the veterinarian saw her dog, he called the OSPCA.

Romeo or investigators with the Durham Humane Society will not talk about the condition Cody was found in at FACW K9 because the case is now before the courts.

Meanwhile, since charges against Wright were made public, more people are coming forward with allegations of abuse and lost dogs.

Susan Tung of Scarborough left Benjamin, her 2-year-old Bulldog-Boston terrier, with Wright in mid-March. Five days later he called to tell her that the dog had died in a hit and run, she says.

Tung says there was no blood on Benjamin. “I really didn’t know what to do.”

Distraught, she asked Wright if he would at least return the money she paid for training Benjamin. He still hasn’t, she says.

When the story hit newspapers and television, Tung called police and animal cruelty investigators.

The Durham Humane Society has also received “many, many more calls,” says Debbie Houghton, an animal cruelty investigator with the society.

“We are dealing with a lot of concerns.” she says. “It’s quite overwhelming.”