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Dog owner says trainer returned her dogs with injuries and without obedience training

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The sight of Dana Harrison's dogs infuriates her.

She claims Nala, Mickey and Jax were healthy when she dropped them off for four weeks of obedience training at Georgia Canine.

"I wanted him to teach them how to be obedient and not fight," she said.

The Troupe County business, legally registered with zero complaints, reveals on it's website that the owner Mark Storey has spent over 20 years working with sheriff's deputies, police officers and state troopers and their K-9 units.

"I'm trusting him because he's a trainer and he trains K-9 dogs, so I'm assuming he knows."

Dana says she paid thousands with no concerns until her pets were returned.

Her three-year-old Coonhound-Pit Bull mix Nala lost 25 pounds, had sores and was severely dehydrated.

Jax, her 5-year-old American Stafford Terrier, had kennel cough, and the tail of Mickey, her 3-year-old rescued American Bulldog mix, was torn.

"It's very stressful, I've gotta wake up in the morning and give everybody medicine."

Dana claims she confronted the owner and was told these conditions were normal stress of kenneling, that her dogs were not trainable and she needed to stop treating them like children.

"He wasn't very kind and made it seem like I was an overprotective parent and that he did nothing wrong."

Stacey declined to speak with CBS46 on camera but says Dana's rescue dogs were aggressive, their injuries were minor and that he had refunded a portion of his fees after one of Dana's dogs was deemed not trainable.

"We do all that we can to humanely train or retrain dogs, particularly aggressive dogs so they don't have to be euthanized. We deeply regret that this dog owner is unhappy or believes that we would in any way mistreat a dog."

Dana respectfully disagrees.

"I'm not trying to say anything ugly towards him, but it didn't work out for me, and I hope that if anybody else who takes their dog somewhere else to get trained does some investigation."

Mark Storey does in fact have 25 years of experience training local law enforcement and K-9s, although he states that work is not associated with his business.

It is unclear if he holds any certifications, but it is important to know professional dog trainers are not required to hold a certificate or license.

If a dog trainer claims they are certified by a school or organization, a good way to assess their background is to look at what those programs require for certification.

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