Austin dog trainer charged with animal cruelty

AUSTIN - A woman who claims to be a dog trainer in Austin has a warrant for her arrest for allegedly abusing at least one animal back in August.

According to her warrant, an officer was flagged down at an Extended Stay Motel near The Domain by a witness who said she saw a woman treating a dog "in a cruel manner." The witness said she saw Lynn Adams lift a puppy by its leash about 8 to 12 inches off the ground for about five seconds. The dog was wearing a metal pinch collar that pinches the skin when force is applied.

The woman said she saw the dog defecate on the ground when it was lifted. An officer later consulted a veterinarian, who said dogs "defecate in this manner" when they fear for their life or are experiencing asphyxiation.

When the officer found Adams in the parking lot, she was seen yelling at the puppy, which weighed about 20 pounds. Before approaching her, he said he saw her yank the leash with both hands, sending the puppy backward about 3 to 4 feet. The puppy yelped and tried to get away from Adams, according to the officer.

When the officer told her to stop, she said she was training the dog, which she said was aggressive and had bitten multiple people. The officer said the puppy appeared friendly and showed no aggression. According to the affidavit, she claims she is a "Dog Whisperer" and that she is a "very good trainer."

When the officer found out she was not the owner of the dog, he made contact with the owner and explained what allegedly happened. The owner then requested that the dog be removed from her.

An investigator later found that on Oct. 5, 2015, a different person called 911 when she saw Adams allegedly picking up a small gray poodle and slamming it to the ground repeatedly while yelling at the dog. The witness said the dog was yelping and appeared to be in distress.

Austin police have determined that Adams' "training techniques" back in August were excessive and caused the puppy unjustified pain or suffering.

Adams, who is not in custody according to online records with the Travis County Jail, faces a charge of cruelty to non-livestock animals. A booking photo is not available as of Monday afternoon.

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