Owner Blames Training Session for Dog's Death
The Bernstein family of Boca Raton hired trainer Jill Deringer to get control of a misbehaving Ringo. In the process, the dog died.
As with most stories of this kind, there are two (or more) sides. First read the Post's account (click here), then Deringer's open letter. (It's worth noting that in Florida, trainers aren't licensed).
"The Bernstein's dog Ringo was a tragedy. The Bernsteins did not exercise Ringo properly, meanwhile the dog was chained to the door most of its life.
"When they had many complaints and finally got in touch with me, the severity of Ringo's condition was "Chain Rage". The dog was not walked or exercised properly for fear he would attack animals or other people on their street. He lived a solitary indoor life with lack of socialization.
"This increased his risks of problems when normally exercise was established. This emergency case was heighten for me when the Bernstein's stated to me they were going to euthanize Ringo because of recent aggressive behavior directed towards them or would return him to the rescue organization they received him from.
"I tried to help the Bernsteins and Ringo to not go that route. I have trained many dogs on death row due to aggressive behaviors and prevented the needle.
"I was severely attacked by Ringo and if it wasn't for the greyhound muzzle I had on him, I would have been mauled even more.
"I have worked with many dogs, they are my life. I love dog's very much and I have many clients to prove that. I have never hurt a dog in any form and will continue saving dogs and helping people understand their dogs."