Denise Swank paid $6000 to a man to train her German Shepherd Gunnar, but it all went terribly wrong. A little over two weeks after the man took Gunnar to his training facility, the dog was dead. According to an autopsy, the cause of death was heat stress or hyperthermia.
An investigation into the conditions where police believe that Gunnar had been living revealed inhumane conditions. The dogs there were treated cruelly and, according to the official criminal complaint, deprived of food, water and proper shelter. Sadly, Gunnar apparently died a painful death that was completely avoidable.