Demand Harshest Punishment for Dog Trainer Charged with Animal Cruelty

Target: Fort Collins Municipal Court

Goal: Impart full sentence of animal cruelty charges on dog trainer

In October of 2012, the Larimer Humane Society cited Tami Carrasco for animal cruelty. Carrasco is the owner of American Dog School, and had operated the training facility for more than twenty years without incident. However, this school’s award-winning reputation came to a halt when a thirteen-week-old purebred German Shepherd was returned to his owners with blunt force trauma and injuries. These injuries later resulted in the removal of the puppy’s right eye.

The puppy, Baron, had attended the school for five or six training sessions before he was boarded at the facility. It was after his boarding that the injuries were present. Carrasco later told The Coloradoan that upon handing Baron over to his owners, a change in disposition and evidence of injury were present. A medical report from the Colorado State Veterinary Teaching Hospital noted multiple fractures to the puppy’s face and the formation of a pocket of blood behind the right eyeball. The report also included record of a CT scan that confirmed the initial diagnoses. According to The Coloradoan, a veterinarian at the hospital described Baron’s injuries as being similar to those that would be suffered if he had been in a “head-on collision with a car.”

In April of 2013, Carrasco denied a plea bargain that, in exchange for a guilty plea, would require her to receive an anger management evaluation and have no contact with animals for two years. If she had accepted, she would have received no jail time and would have been allowed unsupervised probation. Recently, she has instead pleaded not guilty, and has requested a two-day jury trial. If found guilty, she faces between six and eighteen months in jail and a fine of between $500 and $5,000.

By refusing the plea bargain and pleading not guilty, Carrasco is denying any responsibility for Baron’s injuries. Regardless of whether she or a member of her staff inflicted Baron’s injuries, any incident that occurred while Baron was boarded at her business is her responsibility. If the jury finds her guilty, urge the court to impart the full sentence allowed for her crime.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Fort Collins Municipal Court,

Tami Carrasco has owned American Dog School for over twenty years. During this time, the school has received multiple recognitions and accolades, all of which Carrasco has been proud to advertise on her business’s website. However, in October of 2012 Carrasco was cited with animal cruelty charges after a German Shepherd puppy that was boarded at her facility returned home with notable head injuries. These injuries led to the removal of the puppy’s eye. She has recently pleaded not guilty to these charges.

If Carrasco can accept credit for her business’s successes, then she must also accept responsibility for its failures. Regardless of whether the puppy’s injuries were a result of her actions or those of her staff, any incident that occurs at her business is her responsibility. Due to the care her business failed to provide, a puppy must live the rest of his life without an eye.

Carrasco is set to undergo a jury trial. If the jury finds her guilty, we are urging the court to sentence her to the full extent allowed for the crime committed.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo credit: Llima Orosa via Flickr

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5 Comments

  1. Sheila Dillon GGma Sheila says:

    Cruel and inhumane punishment is what she deserves. Hopefully the law will do the right thing.

  2. Who ever created this website is a coward. Why don’t you leave your name? Tami Is the most loving animal person on this planet. The owner of this dog has two boys that abused this dog many times. Look at the police reports and you will see that this owner does not deserve to own a dog, and especially not children.

    If Carrasco can accept credit for her business’s successes, then she must also accept responsibility for its failures. Regardless of whether the puppy’s injuries were a result of her actions or those of her staff, any incident that occurs at her business is her responsibility. Due to the care her business failed to provide, a puppy must live the rest of his life without an eye.

    • The name of the person who wrote this article is published as a byline. Where are the police reports you mentioned? Are they public? I would be interested in reading them as well. If not, are you releasing information that you shouldn’t be releasing?

      And why did you quote the article?

  3. Despina M. Andrelus says:

    Abuse is the ultimate betrayal towards any living soul and absolutely heartbreaking all the way around. You simply can not do such a horrific thing without it killing the best in you. Period. But in case there are any out there who couldn’t care less about torturing animals – which says a lot about you, as well – then think on this: If you find people happily willing to hurt an animal in any way, they are actually finding a venue to act out their deepest, most inner evil fantasies of twisted sickness. There’s nothing more revolting than that. Aside from this, it has been proven repeatedly that those who have horrid intents with animals, get bored with them soon enough, ultimately leading them to bigger prey, moving up to people, in order to re-ignite and enhance the excitement that the torturing of animals used to provide. It’s simply never enough. And do not forget, these horrendous monsters also end up raising their children in “the game”, breeding evil, little sickos to continue on “the trade”… no doubt causing abuse in every level of their lives, as well. It’s just a revolting cycle that will never end until someone gets into it and breaks the heart-wrenching pattern. So, even if an animal is not of your utmost concern, then note that it will not stop there. It is just a start. And it is just a matter of time.

  4. Despina M. Andrelus says:

    “A righteous man regards the life of animals.” – PROVERBS 12:10; “If you have men who will exclude any of God’s creatures from the shelter of compassion & pity, you will have men who will deal likewise with their fellow men.” – ST. FRANCIS OF ASSISI; “Never, never be afraid to do what’s right, especially if the well-being of a person or animal is at stake. Society’s punishments are small compared to the wounds we inflict on our soul when we look the other way.” – MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR.; “I hope to make people realize how totally helpless animals are, how dependent on us, trusting as a child must that we will be kind and take care of their needs… (They) are an obligation put on us, a responsibility we have no rights to neglect, nor to violate by cruelty….” – JAMES HARRIOT; “The greatness of a nation & its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated… I hold that the more helpless a creature, the more entitled it is to protection of man from the cruelty of man.” – MAHATMA GANDHI

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