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Families file lawsuit against service dog trainer

Posted Thursday, June 12, 2014 --- 10:23 a.m.

FOND DU LAC, Wis. (AP) -- Some families are accusing a Pine River nonprofit that trains service dogs of charging them $10,000 for dogs that are not properly trained.

According to The Reporter Media ( ), a lawsuit against Compassionate Paws has been filed in Waushara County on behalf of seven families.

The lawsuit accuses Compassionate Paws owner Vicki Pingel and her mother, Harriet Berg of breach of contract, intentional misrepresentation, conspiracy, conspiracy to defraud and fraudulent representation.

The families all claim the dogs were not house-trained and lacked service skills and basic obedience. The lawsuit was filed in September.

Pingel told The Associated Press Thursday she couldn't comment and referred questions to her attorney, John Schomisch. He did not immediately return a call Thursday seeking comment.

Copyright 2014: Associated Press

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