Dog Trainer Kills Himself After Reports of Animal Abuse

A Tennessee dog trainer died in an apparent suicide days after he was arrested for animal abuse, police said.

Stephen Kinder, the ​owner of Kinder Dog Training, shot himself in his car Thursday and died shortly after at a Cleveland hospital, according to police. The 42-year-old trainer killed himself three days after he was arrested for allegedly mistreating pets. Kinder faced five counts of animal cruelty after complaints from pet owners who claimed he starved and neglected their dogs. He was arrested Monday and released on $1,250 bond. Animal control removed 16 dogs from his home Friday and determined all were severely starved, as well as dehydrated.

Source: Police search animal trainer’s home; 16 dogs starved | WTVC

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