Wife of deceased dog trainer wanted for animal cruelty

Wife of deceased dog trainer wanted for animal cruelty

February 20th, 2019 by Staff Report in Breaking News

The wife of a local dog trainer accused of animal cruelty is also now wanted by Dalton police for the same offense.

Morgan Kinder, 26, is wanted on six counts of aggravated cruelty to animals and 16 counts of cruelty to animals, according to the Dalton Police Department. Warrants have been issued for her arrest.

Dalton police began an investigation into reports of animal cruelty earlier this month after learning that her husband, Stephen Kinder, was housing animals at his home that were being neglected, a news release states. He was arrested and charged with four counts of animal cruelty in Bradley County, Tennessee, after an investigation of his dog training business there. 

On Feb. 7, Dalton police executed a search warrant at the Kinders' home in Dalton. Investigators found dozens of animals in poor health suffering from obvious neglect and living in deplorable conditions. The animals were taken from the home.

Later that day, Stephen Kinder died after shooting himself in the parking lot of a Cleveland, Tennessee, business. 

Morgan Kinder's charges come after five dead snakes and one dead lizard were found in the couple's home. She is charged with 16 counts of animal cruelty for the 16 neglected dogs that were also found.