Michael Rosenberg, a self-proclaimed dog trainer from Princeton, N.J., has been charged with six counts of animal cruelty following the death of a dog who was in his care.
According to Tuesday’s NJ.com, the 30-year-old man allegedly beat a German shepherd mix, belonging to Tracy Stanton, back in late August. The dog, named “Shyanne,” died from internal injuries.
According to the Princeton Packet, Rosenberg is also a Megan’s Law offender.
Shyanne had been entrusted to Rosenberg for training based upon a friend’s recommendation that he was a “talented dog trainer.”
Shyanne was in need of training following an incident in which she had nipped someone. Stanton wanted training for her dog in order to help prevent the behavior from happening again.
Back on Aug. 26, Stanton left her dog in Rosenberg’s care. She admitted that she did not agree with some of his thoughts on training, but noted that:
“But he was very charismatic and convincing. He convinced me that it was the best thing for her and that he could fix it.”
Just two days later, Rosenberg contacted Shyanne’s owner to let her know that he thought that the dog might need to be seen by a veterinarian, possibly for heartworms.
Shortly after the initial phone call, Rosenberg allegedly told Stanton that Shyanne needed to be picked up right away. Stanton, who was at work, was too far away to quickly get her dog, so she asked her boyfriend to go instead.
By the time that Stanton’s boyfriend arrived at Rosenberg’s residence just minutes later, Shyanne was unresponsive.
Before the dog could be taken to an emergency veterinary hospital, she had died.
Stanton acted on instinct when she requested a necropsy for her dog. The results showed that Shyanne had died from blunt force trauma. The dog had a punctured lung and four broken ribs.
In reference to the results, Stanton stated:
“We are still in absolute shock,”
“What happened to Shyanne is horrifying and sick and has completely shaken me to my core.”
According to the Princeton Packet, Rosenberg pleaded guilty to third-degree endangering the welfare of a child in July, 2011, for a relationship that he had with a 14-year-old child when he was 27.
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