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Training Facility Operators Accused Of Abuse, Neglect, And Killing Of Dogs Who They Deemed ‘Useless’

Published: May 27, 2022 at 12:59 PM Author: Penny Eims

Naugatuck, Connecticut – Three men who ran a professional dog training facility in Naugatuck are facing multiple charges for abusing and killing dogs who were deemed “useless” for work or adoption. One of the men, identified by the Naugatuck Police Department as David Rivera Jr., is a police officer (currently on leave pending results of the investigation) for New Canaan.

The training facility where at least 10 dogs were allegedly shot and killed is Black Rock Canines.

The other men tied to the killings and abuse are identified as Daniel Luna (DOB 03/20/1989) and David Rivera, Sr. (DOB 06/11/1964). Luna is reported to be a former police officer.

A news release from the authorities outlines the allegations against Daniel Luna, the General Manager at the training facility:

(Luna) had abused numerous puppies and dogs during his time of employment at Black Rock Canines facility. Daniel Luna’s mistreatment and abuse of these animals included the shooting of dogs which were deemed no longer viable for the business. Witnesses also stated that Daniel Luna’s lack of adequate care led to the death of puppies who had been left exposed to harsh weather elements.

An employee told investigators how Luna killed the “useless” dogs, stating that “He killed them by putting the food bowl down and then he shot them in the back of the head. After he pushed the dead dogs in the hole, he would shoot them again.” Luna allegedly threatened to kill that worker if she called the police.

The accusations these men face reach beyond the abuse and killing of dogs. The authorities allege that military-grade high explosives were being unlawfully stored on the property, and David Rivera Sr. is accused of threatening one current and one former employee with a knife.

As the police investigated the horrifying situation, past customers of the training facility came forward with their own reports of abuse. Court documents state that “One individual reported that their canine went there for training and had to be put down and was offered a puppy as payment.”

One man took his Labrador retriever to the facility for a 20-day training session, and by the time the training ended, she had burns on her neck from a shock collar, a double ear infection, and had lost approximately 10 pounds. Her owner, Nick Perugini, was so upset about his dog’s condition that he filed a complaint with the police.

Former employees told the authorities that the dogs trained at Black Rock Canines were treated “inhumanely.” Per the warrant, one person said that he saw videos taken by other employees showing dogs with blood dripping from their heads, whip marks, scars, and burn marks.

The accusations against these men are appalling. Please add your name to the petition today as we fight for justice for each and every dog who suffered and died at this training facility.

We the undersigned demand that David Rivera Jr., David Rivera Sr., and Daniel Luna are held responsible for the abuse and killing of dogs who were at the Black Rock Canines training facility. We are petitioning for these men to receive the maximum punishment allowable by law, in addition to being prohibited from owning or residing with animals in the future.

David Rivera Jr. has surrendered ownership of the 31 dogs who were seized from the training facility; the dogs are being cared for at an undisclosed shelter and are not currently available for adoption.

Note: Individuals are presumed innocent until being found guilty in a court of law. Animal Victory relies upon the authorities and the court system to determine guilt or innocence.



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Training Facility Operators Accused Of Abuse, Neglect, And Killing Of Dogs Who They Deemed ‘Useless’

14,099 signatures = 70% of goal

14,099 teresa Howroyd Jul 02, 2022
14,098 Kelly Loehe Terrible that a police officer is involved. He should no longer be able to have animals or work as an officer again. The rest of them need to go as well. Jul 02, 2022
14,097 KELLY HEITMAN Jul 01, 2022
14,096 M.H. Lynch These so-called "men" are monsters. They need to be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law and never allowed to own an animal again. Remember, it has been scientifically proven that people who abuse animals will go on to abuse people. Jul 01, 2022
14,094 Caroline Satterfield Jul 01, 2022
14,093 Wendy Ruhland Jul 01, 2022
14,092 Donna McCowen Jun 30, 2022
14,091 Shelly Jones Jun 30, 2022
14,090 Joyce Lewis Jun 29, 2022
14,089 Catherine Thomas Please get justice for all these dogs Jun 29, 2022
14,088 rose moore Jun 29, 2022
14,087 Dianne Foldvik Jun 29, 2022
14,086 Julie Wild Jun 29, 2022
14,085 tina corthals Jun 29, 2022
14,084 Kristi Mcelkerney Jun 29, 2022
14,083 Jacqueline Peipert Animal abuse cannot be tolerated. Jun 28, 2022
14,082 sylvie lemmet sylvie lemmet Jun 28, 2022
14,081 Kathy Mesch Jun 28, 2022
14,080 Lynne Coppola Jun 28, 2022
14,079 Tonya Austhof Jun 28, 2022
14,078Anonymous Oh, one was a cop? I’m not surprised. I’ve seen numerous videos or reports of K-9 cops beating or choking their dogs. They better serve some time. I’m sick of these slap-on-the-wrist judgements. Jun 27, 2022
14,077 Isabel Cervera Jun 27, 2022
14,076 E Froederberg Jun 27, 2022
14,075 Paula Whitt Jun 27, 2022
14,074 Nancy Wakili So cruel and inhumane Jun 26, 2022
14,073 James Moore Punish cruelty or it festers Jun 26, 2022
14,072 Simone Sullivan This is appalling!!! Running a "professional" training facility??!! Give me a break! They just wanted more dogs to abuse! So sickening, it's hard to fathom. Punish these monsters to the fullest extent of the law -- and then some! Jun 26, 2022
14,071 Nalini Cherian Jun 26, 2022
14,070 Karen Isaacs Jun 26, 2022

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Update 6/22/2022: Animal Victory has sent 14,032 signatures to Prosecuting Attorney Maureen Platt