Animal cruelty charged against Morgan Kinder

Dog trainer's wife faces 22 counts

By TIM SINIARD
Posted 2/21/19

Morgan Kinder, the wife of a deceased Cleveland dog trainer who had been charged with numerous counts of cruelty to animals before his death, is now facing several similar charges by the Dalton (Ga.) …

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Animal cruelty charged against Morgan Kinder

Dog trainer's wife faces 22 counts

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Morgan Kinder, the wife of a deceased Cleveland dog trainer who had been charged with numerous counts of cruelty to animals before his death, is now facing several similar charges by the Dalton (Ga.) Police Department.

DPD spokesperson Bruce Frazier told the Cleveland Daily Banner that Kinder, 26, is facing six counts of aggravated cruelty to animals in connection with five dead snakes and one dead lizard found at the home of the Kinders earlier this month.

In addition, Morgan Kinder is charged with 16 counts of animal cruelty related to 16 dogs that were also found inside the residence, located on Mattie Street in Dalton.

Some of the dogs belonged to the Kinders, while others belonged to former customers.

Although she has not yet been arrested, Kinder is aware of the warrants, Frazier said.

Stephen Kinder, 42, died Thursday, Feb. 7, after shooting himself in the parking lot of American Legion Post No. 81 in Cleveland, on James Asbury Drive N.W.

According to the Dalton Police Department,  Kinder “took his life after officers served a warrant to search his home.”

The warrant was served at 11:30 a.m., according to the DPD.

Kinder was arrested by the Cleveland Police Department three days earlier on four counts of cruelty to animals stemming from his business, Kinder Dog Training. He was later released after posting a $1,250 bond.

The arrest stemmed from a complaint by an Atlanta woman who alleged Kinder had mistreated her dog when it was in his possession to receive training. Later, additional customers voiced complaints stating their dogs were also malnourished and covered in sores, as well as fur stained with urine and feces.

Kinder operated the business with his wife, Morgan Kinder.

Kinder’s dog training business was housed at the Cleveland-Bradley Business Incubator, 3575 Adkisson Drive, at Cleveland State Community College.

The DPD report stated Kinder’s friends said he had been making suicidal statements, prompting them to contact the Bradley County Sheriff’s Office to ask the DPD to perform a welfare check on Kinder.

Dalton police were able to contact Kinder by phone. He denied he was suicidal and agreed to meet investigators at his Georgia home, the DPD report stated.

The phone call took place at approximately 12:10 p.m., according to the DPD.

Kinder shot himself around 12:29 p.m., and was pronounced dead at Tennova-Cleveland approximately two hours later.

A CPD officer was the first to arrive at the scene and performed CPR and first aid until paramedics arrived.

Inside the Kinders' Dalton residence, officers discovered animals that were malnourished and covered in feces. Among the dogs was a dead turtle, two baby goats and a snake. In addition, officers found nine ducks in the backyard.

Frazier said Morgan Kinder is not facing additional charges at this time.

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