UPDATE: Dog trainers arrested for aggravated cruelty to animals

Two dog trainers have been arrested and charged with aggravated cruelty to animals after videos surfaced showing them allegedly abusing the dogs while at the Cypress Arrow K9 Training facility in Lena, La.


The owner of Cypress Arrow Tina Frey, 52 of Lena, and Victoria Brimer, 21 of Lena, have both been charged with two counts Aggravated Cruelty to Animals.

“My phone started blowing up. So many people texting and calling “they got arrested! ” I felt relief and joy then,” said Kayci Gonzales, who interviewed last week with Unfiltered with Kiran about the video showing her dog slammed to the ground. “I had the honor of telling my kids she was arrested. We came home and brought the dogs hamburgers to celebrate their victory.”

On Thursday August 11th, 2022, Rapides Parish deputies launched an investigation into complaints of a video on social media depicting a dog trainer striking a Cane Corso dog on the head with a riding crop.

Detectives began their investigation, which lead to verifying the validity of the video. From their investigation, detectives were able to establish sufficient probable cause that supported the original complaint.

The attorney for Frey, Brad Drell, accompanied Frey and Brimer to the Rapides Parish Courthouse to turn themselves in on the warrants.

Both were booked on the charges and bond was set at $10,000 on each. Both have since been released on bond.

Detectives say this is still a very active and ongoing investigation and more charges are possible as the investigation continues.

“I’ve already heard so many negative comments about the charges won’t stick or about how fast they bailed out. They were charged and they got mug shots and I’m happy for this step toward more victories. I’ll only speak life into this victory and will continue to move forward,” said Gonzales. “Thank you to everyone who is supporting this, and thank you RPSO. I pray you gain your community’s trust through the duration of this case.”

“I appreciate the public being patient with us. The videos were disturbing but we can’t let that cloud our judgement. We have to run our investigation to make sure we get the right charges. Thank you to the public for being patient with us. We won’t tolerate this regardless if it’s to an animal or a person. We will do our part,” said Rapides Parish Sheriff Mark Wood.

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