Service dog trainer facing charges

DENVER, Co. (KUSA) - A warrant out of Arkansas put a Colorado dog trainer in handcuffs on Wednesday.

This came after an 11-year-old girl with diabetes asked for help getting her service dog better trained.

"There's 2 things that really aggravate me as a sheriff. One is child abuse, and I have pet peeves about children being abused, older folks being abused and animal abuse," said St. Francis County Sheriff Bobby May.

"Major" the dog came to live with his Arkansas family in March. He was trained by Julie Noyes from Arvada for Alayna Barnes.

Barnes has diabetes, and her entire community between Little Rock and Memphis, spent 9 months raising $20,000 so she could have Major.

According to the Barnes family, Noyes suggested they send the dog back for some additional work. After the dog made it back to Arvada, Sheriff May said an attorney for Noyes said the dog had been abused and was not going back to Arkansas.

Noyes' attorney said the animal trainer has vet records showing the dog has been abused. In the meantime, Jefferson County Colorado arrested her on a warrant from Arkansas, accusing her of theft for not returning Major.

Sheriff May said the case is now in the hands of the court.

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