The Cleveland Bradley Business Incubator's executive director has issued a statement addressing the recent death of a business tenant who was facing five counts of animal cruelty.Cleveland Police …
The Cleveland Bradley Business Incubator's executive director has issued a statement addressing the recent death of a business tenant who was facing five counts of animal cruelty.
Cleveland Police Department officers filed the charges after several customers complained the dog training business owner had mistreated their pets.
CBBI Executive Director Hurley A. Buff said Kinder Dog Training, which was owned by Stephen Kinder, was a tenant at the incubator and that the organization is saddened by Kinder’s death.
Buff's statement was written in response to a Cleveland Daily Banner inquiry requesting information about Kinder's business practices as a tenant of the incubator.
He said CBBI had not received complaints about Kinder’s business.
“We were as shocked and saddened by last week’s events as anyone,” Buff said. “No complaints about neglect, cruelty or animal abuse were ever made to us.”
Buff said the business is no longer in operation.
“The family of the late Mr. Kinder have closed the business and are in the process of moving out of the premises,” Buff said. “Our condolences on the loss of Mr. Kinder go out to his family.”
Kinder died after a self-inflicted shooting last Thursday, in the parking lot of American Legion Post 81 on James Asbury Drive N.W.
Kinder had been arrested the previous Monday on four counts of cruelty to animals stemming from his business, Kinder Dog Training. He was later released after posting a $1,250 bond.
He faced an additional charge of animal cruelty on the following Wednesday after another customer pressed charges over his alleged mistreatment of their dog.
The arrest stemmed from a complaint by an Atlanta woman who alleged Kinder had abused her dog when it was in his possession to receive training, stating that it was malnourished and covered in sores when he delivered it to her on Sunday, Feb. 7.
The dog had been in Kinder’s possession since Dec. 17.
Complaints from other customers included similar descriptions of their pets, recounting malnourishment, bodies covered in sores and fur stained with urine and feces.
Budd said the incubator “is a program designed to offer new entrepreneurs a place to begin their businesses with low overhead and access to technology that is normally out of reach to start-ups.”
He said it is not directly affiliated with Cleveland State Community College, as noted in a previous story in the Banner.
“We lease our facilities from Cleveland State Community College, but we are not a college program," Buff said. "We are a separate economic development entity.”
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