Yet another dog “died” in Nelson’s care in 2018 – or did it?
JONESBORO, Ark. – The notorious dog trainer receiving massive attention for his shady business practices is facing lawsuits from at least two plaintiffs, one of which has not come forward before now.
One of the possible lawsuits is from Rachel Tyrer and pertains to her missing dog, Ollie. Tyrer, who has retained counsel, lost her dog to Hunter Nelson (4-Legged Retrievers) under similarly suspicious circumstances.
But another lawsuit was already filed – on January 9. It comes from Gene Adams through his attorney Christopher D. Cheadle in Mississippi County Circuit Court. The suit details yet another case of Nelson letting a dog (supposedly) die, burying it, and never showing the owner any proof.
The lawsuit indicates the dog owner isn’t buying the story, either.
Adams owned a pedigree Labrador Retriever named “Mattie’s Slick Grace” or “Slick” for short. The dog was seasoned and regularly worked with Adams’ Black Mallard Guide Service, the lawsuit says. In addition to being an award winning dog, it was a beloved pet to Adams’ daughters and family.
In preparation for the winter hunting season, Adams contacted Nelson to train his dog. Just prior to the opening of the 2018 season, Adams contacted Nelson to get his dog back. That’s when the lawsuit says Nelson engaged in his trademark evasive communications, evading the return of Slick for a period of months.
Then, sometime after the events, the lawsuit said Nelson finally answered Adams about what happened. Nelson claimed around Thanksgiving, Slick had contracted “kennel cough and despite veterinary treatment, had passed away on November 10, 2018. Nelson claims to have buried Slick, just as he has claimed in several other instances.
Nelson lied about the veterinary treatment, the lawsuit said. After contacting the veterinarians, it was confirmed none had ever seen Slick.
“It is unknown if Slick indeed passed away or if Slick was sold,” the lawsuit says.
The lawsuit seeks special damages and punitive damages, in addition to compensation for deceptive trade practices that led to loss of business by the plaintiff. A jury trial is requested.
“Defendant falsely represented that he had the knowledge, skill, and ability to adequately care for and train those animals under his control. Defendant knew he lacked the necessary skill, knowledge, and expertise to perform as he had represented. Regardless of whether Slick became ill and passed away or Defendant wrongly sold him to a third party, Defendant engaged in deceptive and unconscionable behavior.”
Nelson has not filed a response to the lawsuit.
Read the full complaint here: geneadamslawsuit
Countless others have detailed horror stories, from losing their dogs to similar “deaths,” to getting their dog back and finding them starved and filthy. To read more about those cases, visit this earlier story.