Auburn, Calif. K9 dog trainer faces felony animal cruelty charges

AUBURN, Calif. (KGO) — A former San Francisco man and his business partner now face felony charges in connection with the injuries and disappearances of pets left behind with their dog training business. The additional charges come as the state legislature considers final approval of a bill that would regulate the unregulated dog training industry.

Antoine Deshaun Moore is charged with six counts of cruelty to animals and six counts of obtaining money or property under false pretences.

Authorities say the families paid him to train their dogs, but he left them covered in feces and urine. These families say that some of the dogs in his care have become seriously ill, died or disappeared.

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Court records show his business partner, Sean Murray, also faces six counts of fraud in the Placer County case.

Both men are facing charges related to their Auburn K9 business.

A judge recently ordered Moore not to have contact with dogs while awaiting trial.

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That’s good news for Jason Doolittle, who paid Auburn K9 to care for his dog, Liberty.

“He can’t harm animals anymore, or at least it will stop him from harming other animals. I’m happy about that,” he said.

Doolittle said Liberty came back aggressive.

Megan Badger hasn’t seen her dog Winston since leaving him in Moore’s care several months ago.

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Coach claims Winston bit him in San Francisco and fled.

Badger suspects that Moore sold Winston or, worse still, that Winston died in his custody.

“He blatantly showed that he would lie and without remorse. Dogs were seized from his home in horrific conditions and he downplays it,” Badger said.

Records obtained by 7 On Your Side under public records law from the Nevada County Sheriff’s Office describe conditions at Moore’s home where he kept dogs as “deplorable” and noted “a foul odor that seemed come from excessive dog feces”. Officers found a dog “almost covered from head to tail in feces”.

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Doolittle says Liberty fell seriously ill while in Moore’s care with an intestinal infection caused by ingesting feces.

Nevada County charged Moore with three misdemeanor counts of animal cruelty and another for operating a kennel without a license.

Court records indicate that those charges will be combined with the charges he faces in Placer County and will be prosecuted together.

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Meanwhile, the state Senate is expected to vote this week on a bill, AB-1901inspired by 7 On Your Side’s coverage of the dog training industry.

This bill, from Assemblyman Adrin Nazarian (D – Hollywood Hills), would require dog trainers to disclose whether they have service-related civil judgments or animal cruelty convictions.

However, the bill was amended to remove the requirement for the trainer to disclose their training methods, such as the use of a shock collar, due to opposition from the governor’s office.

“I thought it was important for us to take a step forward to make sure we’re protecting dog owners as well as their dogs,” Nazarian said.

7 On Your Side will of course keep an eye on the bill. We contacted Moore and his lawyer, but they did not respond.

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