December 1, 2023

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – At the very least two regional people are out 1000’s of pounds to a doggy coach they assumed would function miracles for their pets. 

Giuli Frendak items collectively what really transpired throughout months of alleged coaching, and shares those families’ fight to get their animals back. 

Goose is the mild of the Staben family members, but they realized their large ball of adore required some critical training.

“Loves like, enjoys everyone, everything,” mentioned Sarah Staben. “He marks, he tears up all the things, he screams like it’s a bark but extra like a yodel. He’s fired up about every little thing, awful on a leash, but the sweetest canine you’ve ever achieved in your lifetime.”

Staben searched for nearby canine trainers and came throughout Duke Town Canine Academy in Albuquerque, and the operator – Rene.

“The initially simply call I had with her, she mentioned she was receiving off a session functioning with the police canine for the Albuquerque Police Section, and I believed perfectly, if she can train a law enforcement puppy, undoubtedly she can practice my ridiculous lab,” claimed Staben. “The initial phase was a $1,200 deposit and then $1,600 for a full of $2,800 for 5 months of pet dog teaching.”

Rene took Goose for 5 weeks of training on Nov. 8. Her assistant texted the Stabens pretty much instantly with updates about Goose’s development, but no pictures or movies at first.

And when the pictures last but not least did come:

“I could not tell where by he was, he had a leash all around his neck and he was on the lookout again at the digital camera with his ears slicked again which is not regular for him, and he seemed skinny in the image,” Staben explained. 

Goose was intended to go house mid-December.

Text messages exhibit Rene’s assistant, Amber, reported her boss “usually doesn’t like to send them residence the identical week as Xmas as it is tough on the families to regulate.”

Then discussed their business would be closed until Jan. 2 for the holidays. But confident the household schooling would continue all through that time.

“January second came about when they ended up intended to be back again in office and I claimed ‘hey Amber I’d really like a go-house-day these days, and I’d love a mobile phone contact with Rene,” reported Staben. 

She suggests that mobile phone call never ever transpired, and still no go-residence-day.

Soon after a 7 days of unsuccessful tries, Staben turned to the most significant pet team she could discover on Facebook, inquiring if any individual had encounter with Duke Metropolis Doggy Academy.

“One of the initial remarks was ‘Lisa Berry is terrible information you have to have to get your canine again straight away,’” Staben said. “Who the hell is Lisa Berry? I gave my canine to a woman named Rene.”

Other folks on-line said the Stabens need to verify out Luv N Care Boarding and Grooming in Albuquerque – a kennel linked to the mysterious Lisa Berry.

“Kennel is putting it generously. It is a rundown duplex with a prevent indicator in entrance with bullet holes and bars on the windows,” Staben stated. 

The couple noticed Goose correct away.

“At minimum a dozen canines in there, in terrible circumstances, in cages, no roofing of any kind, defense from the factors, s*** just all over the place,” mentioned Staben 

There was no respond to at the business’s door, and continue to no reaction from Rene or her assistant.

The Staben’s submitted reports with Albuquerque Animal Welfare and the law enforcement department. Less than New Mexico legislation, canine are considered home and without a warrant, Animal Welfare officers’ hands were tied.

“She lied to me about the place my puppy was, when it was coming house, what her id was, what she was performing with my canine, her place,” said Staben. 

We went to the enterprise to examine for ourselves.

“Closed sign, but we’ll attempt it, and this is typical business several hours, it claims they must be open– it is 3:45.”

And that is when we met Jonathan Steinberg.

“I just arrived back to see if I could hear my dogs– and I swear I hear one of them in right here ideal now,” claimed Steinberg. 

Steinberg is in the very same posture as the Staben’s. He handed more than his two Labs, Duncan and Cooper, to Rene a 7 days immediately after Goose went to training.

Steinberg compensated about $7,595. 

“Everything was going as fine in the commencing and then when it arrived to the time, when they have been obtaining picked up, I started calling and calling and calling she would not give me– I swear which is my dog,” he claimed. 

KOB 4 was there as animal command officers checked the house for the 2nd time in as quite a few days. But with no permission to enter the residence, they still left a signed complaint on the doorway versus Lisa Berry.

Court records clearly show she has a bench warrant for not displaying up to court for an uncleanliness of assets and intact animal prices in October. She confronted misdemeanor animal abuse costs in Valencia County in 2018 connected to video clips of canines attacking and killing rats.

A rapid Google look for pulls up her earlier corporations, which includes Custom made K-9 Functionality with assessments expressing: 

“She claims to be a “trainer” but retains pet dogs captive there. None of her business enterprise traces get the job done for the reason that she’s a fraudster.”

“Had my dog for two months’ household schooling. Lost 20 kilos, about 20% of his fat.”

Google assessments of Duke Town Doggy Academy say: 

“Money creating scheme wherever they “pretend” to educate your pet. DISGUSTING!! Not a question in my head that Duke Metropolis is neglecting animals below the guise of teaching.”

A working day immediately after our visit to the residence, and requests for info as a result of the Animal Welfare Department, officers got permission to enter the home – they identified 35 canine, including Goose.

Officers returned him to the Staben’s additional than 20 kilos lighter, lined in feces, with seen abrasions on his mouth.

“Now that he’s residence I come to feel physically sick from the stress– it is a big relief that he’s Alright but, It is just, it’s horrifying,” stated Staben. 

Steinberg was mistaken the working day he imagined he noticed his puppy at the kennel. It turns out neither Cooper or Duncan ended up at the home.

Even so, a man he by no means met returned his pet dogs Sunday night time, both of them visibly skinnier, and one particular of them experienced many abrasions on his mouth and paws.

On Sunday, we lastly received a keep of Lisa Berry on the cellular phone. She reported she “had to leave city suddenly” since of a spouse and children emergency very last 7 days.

In advance of that, she claimed she had a lousy case of the flu in December, so she set some pet dogs at the “fully staffed” Luv N Care Boarding Kennel the place employees ended up intended to treatment for them. 

She saw Goose’s ailment when officers returned him to his family. She claims he lost the fat more than the couple of months when she was unwell and then working with the family members unexpected emergency.

She says it occurred whilst she remaining the canine in somebody else’s treatment who she mentioned multiple moments is “no for a longer period with the business”.

Berry experienced an lively license for Duke Town Doggy Academy on Thursday. But, on Saturday, the organization was conveniently marked as completely shut. 

She explained that determination has been in movement since previous calendar year, for “a handful of reasons that have almost nothing to do with this.”

We’re nonetheless waiting on a final report from Animal Welfare about the situations they found inside the Luv N Treatment facility late very last week.

When asked if Berry trains dogs for the Albuquerque Police Office, a agent claims she’s comprehensive of it because they ship their K-9s out of state for training.