Missouri dog trainer charged after death of dog

Authorities allege dog was forced onto a treadmill
Missouri dog trainer charged after death of dog

Authorities have charged an eastern Missouri dog trainer with animal abuse following the death of a dog.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports the misdemeanor charge against 23-year-old Capri Teague of Foristell stems from the death of an 8-month-old goldendoodle named Cash in February.

Authorities say Teague put Cash on a treadmill with a leash attached as part of a training program while the dog’s owner and 9-year-old son watched. A probable cause statement says Cash tried to jump off but Teague repeatedly pulled on the leash to force him back on the treadmill.

Authorities say Cash began wheezing and foaming at the mouth before collapsing. He had to be euthanized two days later. A necropsy concluded that Cash suffered lung swelling consistent with choking.