By Steve Kovach/Staff WriterD Train, the popular dog training dog stop, has been forced to close its doors after losing a lawsuit alleging the dogs were abused and left in cars for days without food.
According to court documents, D Train has filed a class-action lawsuit in the state of Washington against the owners of the dogs, alleging that the dogs’ owners neglected to ensure they received adequate food, water and shelter.
In an affidavit, the D Train owners claim that their dogs were forced to sit in the car for hours at a time for days on end without proper shelter, food or water, and that D Train and its employees failed to provide the dogs with proper veterinary care and vaccinations.
The lawsuit alleges that the D train owners had to work 12-hour days to care for the dogs after they were placed in the dogs car for days and were then allowed to leave.
According the affidavit, D train had the dogs locked up in the back of their vehicle for months without adequate food or shelter, while the owners were unable to get veterinary care or vaccinations for their dogs.
In its complaint, D trains stated that the owners are not responsible for the injuries the dogs sustained because they failed to properly care for them.
D train owners allege that the dog training facility was operated by a non-profit organization and that the facility’s operations are compliant with state and federal laws.
The company also claims that it is not responsible because its dogs were not trained to be service animals.
The dogs are currently being cared for at a shelter.
D train said it plans to reopen the dogs once they are cleared for home.
The company said that the employees who are charged with animal cruelty, and the owners charged with violating state and local laws, have been terminated.
The D Train stop is located on the east side of Seattle near Lake Union.