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Rocker sues dog trainer to the stars

bobbryarThe drummer for the rock band My Chemical Romance is suing a dog trainer after the musician’s German shepherd mix died in the trainer’s care – and was returned to him in the form of cremated remains, according to court papers.

In a lawsuit filed in Burbank Superior Court against “dog trainer to the stars” Daniel Schaffer, Bob Bryar alleges breach of contract, fraud, negligence and intentional infliction of emotional distress.

“I don’t even know what happened to my best friend and miss her more than anything in the world,” Bryar told People magazine. “The devastation I feel is beyond words.”  In the lawsuit, Bryar’s dog, Dixie, is described as “the most important thing in his life,”

Bryar says he spent $7,500 in April to send Dixie  to Schaffer’s kennel for training to help the emotionally fragile, formerly abused rescue dog adjust to a new dog in the household.

About a week later, after previously telling Bryar that the dog had been “having a blast and partying all day,” Schaffer reported that Dixie was killed when a drunk driver struck the vehicle in which Schaffer was carrying Dixie and other dogs, according to the lawsuit.

Later that evening, “Schaffer called (Bryar) again and informed him that he could not say goodbye to Dixie for she had been ‘cremated due to her condition,’” the lawsuit says. Two days later, the trainer “delivered an urn allegedly containing Dixie’s remains,” the suit says.

After Schaffer failed to produce a police report documenting the crash, he changed his story and said Dixie died in her sleep, then changed that story to say she died under other circumstances, the suit says.


Comment from Marie
Time June 28, 2009 at 10:43 am

Wow. That dog died three ways. I hope that “trainer to the stars” days are numbered.

Comment from Leah
Time July 24, 2009 at 12:18 am

Bob Bryar really loves his pets. He donated a lot of money to charities dedicated to helping animals, did volunteer work at shelters and encouraged fans to adopt. I hope Dixie’s death is not in vain and the dog trainer gets justly punished. My condolences go to Bob.

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