Fort Atkinson dog trainer behind bars linked to death of Husky puppy

FORT ATKINSON, Wis. (WMTV) – A Fort Atkinson dog trainer is in police custody linked to an animal abuse charge and the death of a Janesville woman’s beloved 8-month-old Husky mix.

Tammy Flemming, who ran Herman’s Hangout Training Center, was sentenced to Sangamon County Jail in Illinois on Tuesday. An arrest warrant was issued in late July following two missed court appearances this summer, according to a Wisconsin court database.

Flemming has yet to be convicted. A criminal complaint obtained by NBC15 shows she is charged with one count of animal abuse, which cites a September 2020 incident with the dog named Cooper.

According to the criminal complaint, Flemming “intentionally” treated the dog “in a cruel manner, resulting in the animal’s death.”

Lindsey Davidson, Cooper’s owner, said she got a call from Flemming about three weeks into a five-week training camp.

“I actually had to ask him, ‘Is Cooper alive?’ She told me no. At that time, it’s just a shock, just an injury. You don’t even know what to do at that time. I ended up hanging up the phone because I couldn’t even process it.

8 month old Husky mix Cooper(Courtesy of Lindsey Davidson)

The criminal complaint details a Fort Atkinson police officer’s interview with Flemming the day after Cooper’s death. Flemming told police that Cooper had already done “very well” with a choker chain. But during a “power struggle”, Flemming said she pressed until Cooper’s legs weakened. That’s when she said she let go, tried CPR but failed to revive the dog.

Cooper had a band of red skin surrounding most of his neck, as noted in a Wisconsin Veterinary Diagnostic Lab autopsy report shared by Davidson’s attorney. The lab concluded: “The results in this case are consistent with strangulation.”

Davidson said it took him months before he could read the entire report. “The choke part– How does that happen? How did you put so much pressure on him that he couldn’t breathe, he wasn’t alive?

With Flemming in custody, Davidson said she’s closer to justice for her dog.

Flemming will appear in Illinois court for the first time, and she may or may not waive extradition to Wisconsin, according to Jeff Shock, assistant district attorney for Jefferson County. When she returns, she will appear in court here.

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