Fort Collins Dog Trainer Acquitted Of Animal Cruelty Charges

FORT COLLINS, Colo. (CBS4) – The owner of a dog training and boarding facility in Fort Collins accused of abusing animals has been found not guilty of animal cruelty.

Tami Carrasco after the verdict on Tuesday (credit: CBS)

Tami Carrasco after the verdict on Tuesday (credit: CBS)

Jurors found Tami Carrasco not guilty in court on Tuesday. Prosecutors argued that as the dog trainer and boarder was overseeing a German shepherd puppy in 2012, Carrasco was responsible for injuries that happened sometime while the dog was in her care.

Baron (credit: CBS)

Baron (credit: CBS)

The case went to trial after Carrasco turned down a plea bargain and maintained her innocence.

Baron, a 13-week-old German shepherd puppy at the time, suffered facial fractures and lost an eye. Carrasco said while she doesn’t know how Baron got those injuries, she’s not to blame.

“I’m relieved … I’m just happy it’s over, I’m happy it’s over and I feel bad for Baron, I’ll always feel bad for Baron. But I didn’t do anything and I never would,” Carrasco said.

“We did what we could do. It’s a disappointing verdict for us but we’re grateful the district attorneys, they did an awesome job,” Baron’s owner Tiffany Brown said.

Brown said her dog is doing well. Carrasco continues to work as dog trainer and boarder.

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