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Mann claims his dog was molested in a Chicago facility
A Chicago man claims his dog was molested in a dog school and kennel.
CHICAGO – A Chicago man claims his dog was molested in a dog school and kennel.
“You feel responsible because you left him,” said Robert Ruzecki. Five years ago he adopted his beloved puppy Rocky from a shelter.
When his regular boarder failed to take Rocky away, he said he was forced to take him to the Chicago Canine Academy near his home. The facility charged him $ 500 upfront for Rocky’s five-night stay.
During his absence, the facility posted a video of Rocky on their Facebook page without Ruzecki’s permission. In it, you can hear the owner of the academy saying, “Dog owners make excuses for their behavior that we need to correct, and our solution looks harsh because this guy is trying to bite us.”
Ruzecki says his dog never tried to bite him or any other dog or person.
Before returning from his trip, he called to check on Rocky and was slapped by the facility owner.
“He says, well, your dog is a (expletive). And I said sorry, my dog what? … He said I need to train it. And I said, stop it. I never asked you to do it train. I’ve never given it. You can touch it. I said don’t touch my dog any longer. Period, “said Ruzecki.
Before he could return home, he called the academy one more time. He says the owner told him Rocky was injured but didn’t want to explain why, then added he’d pay the vet’s bill.
Immediately after landing, Ruzecki said he picked up Rocky and found a bruise on his neck and a bump on his head.
“When I picked Rocky up, Rocky came out screaming and crying. You could see the tears in their eyes,” he said.
According to the vet, Ruzecki said the bumps were from being beaten. The dog’s neck wound was also infected. The owner of the Chicago Canine Academy paid the vet bill, which was more than a thousand dollars.
Then Ruzecki filed a complaint with the police.
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The Chicago Canine Academy has an A + rating from the Better Business Bureau. They are licensed by the Illinois Bureau of Animal and Health Welfare and have not received any complaints according to the agency.
When looking for a responsible boarding school, animal rights activist Susan Taney of Lost Dogs Illinois said, “I would go on Nextdoor or Facebook and ask who you would recommend. And ask why they would recommend them.”
She suggests visiting the kennel unannounced and asking for a tour. She advises owners to watch out for cleanliness, a security and fire alarm system, live cameras, see if the temperature is comfortable, and ask where they store their chemicals.
“Do you have someone to stay on site, or if not, how do you oversee the facility?” She said.
FOX 32 spoke to Jim Morgan, owner of the Chicago Canine Academy, on the phone. He confirms that Rocky was injured at his facility and says he paid his vet bill. When we asked how Rocky was hurt, he hung up.