Trainer Arrested and Facing Charges over $20,000 Service Dog

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7.23.14 - Trainer Arrested and Facing Charges over $20,000 Service Dog

Major is the best friend, and often protector of an 11-year-old girl with diabetes from Arkansas.  Now, she is missing her best bud, and is in a potentially life threatening situation all because the trainer from Arvada, Arkansas is refusing to give the dog back to the family.

Alayna Barnes was diagnosed with type 1 juvenile diabetes when she was just 6.  She relies on an insulin pump, and it is often very difficult for her to realize a blood sugar drop, which can be fatal.  So when her parents Amanda and Edmond Barnes were deciding what to do to help keep their daughter safer, it was decided that a service dog could be just the thing.

Once the decision was made to try and get their daughter a service dog, the biggest obstacle was coming up with the $20,000 cost that comes with getting a dog capable of detecting drops and spikes in blood sugar.  However, with a little help from their home town a fundraiser was held, and the family was able to make this a real possibility for their child.

Someone had mentioned the name Julie Noyes of Alert Dogs for Life out of Colorado.  On the website for the Colorado Secretary of State, Alert Dogs for Life has been registered since April of 2013.  So they contacted Noyes and agreed to purchase a dog.  In July of 2013, a $500 deposit was made to get the ball rolling.

In December of 2013, Noyes came to the Barnes asking them to sign a contract.  There were numerous stipulations, including ones on physical and emotional abuse of the dog, and any detection of any neglect of misuse of the service dog being provided would result in the removal of the dog from the family.  No refund would be issued.  The Barnes didn’t have a choice at that point.  The dog was very much needed, and there had already been a lot of time and money invested in this by many people.

They signed.

“What do you do?  Do you sign it?  Do you lose your money that you’ve already put into it?  You don’t know what to do at that point,” said Edmond Barnes.

So when the family finally got Major in March they fell in love instantly.  There was just one problem.  Major wasn’t really doing what it was the family was told he’d be completely capable of upon arrival.

“He was detecting some, but he wasn’t detecting 30 minutes ahead,” Barnes said.  “He was supposed to be a finished dog, already doing this when we got him here.  We were still having to train him basically on our own.”

When The Barnes decided to reach out to Noyes, she asked for Major to be sent back to her for some finishing work.  On the 5th of July, the family sent Major back to Colorado.  Before they did send him back to Noyes, they had him fully check out by a vet and was given a clean bill of health, and he also had a trip to a groomer to be sure Major looked his best as he traveled.

When Major arrived back in Colorado, Noyes seemingly refused to answer or return any of the family’s repeated phone calls to check on him, and see how things were coming along.  They missed their furry family member.

Eventually, Amanda Barnes felt forced to contact the local sheriff’s department to see what it was she should do.  St. Francis County Sheriff Bobby May told the news that he called Noyes personally.  She didn’t return his phone call, but her attorney did.

“They were going to keep the dog and the money too,” said May.  “I told [him] that’s not lawful.  He can’t do that.  They alleged the dog had been beaten by a belt.  That’s a lie.  The dog’s not been beaten with a belt.  He [Barnes] said they’d taken it to some vet. Their vet [Noyes’ vet] said there’s belt welts on it.  That’s just a lie.  That’s ridiculous.  The dog was not beaten,” May told the news.

So, off of an arrest affidavit a judge in Arkansas signed a warrant for the arrest of Noyes.  Jefferson County deputies arrested her Thursday, and she was taken to jail.  At this time she is out on bond, and facing theft charges in connection with the situation.

“We raised, I even donated myself, $20,000 in order to get the dog for the child,” said Sheriff May.  “We’re just not going to allow someone because they’re out of state to treat people this way.”

58 thoughts on “Trainer Arrested and Facing Charges over $20,000 Service Dog”

  1. You don’t need a service dog for diabetes…what have we been doing for all these years without…I’m getting sick of hearing people who want to take pigs and ducks in to schools and buildings too because they say they “help calm them down”…grow up. there’s medicine to calm down.

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    • Wow Joann! Really? Do you realize that the dogs are able to detect low blood sugar? It’s not just so the girl can “calm down” as you say. And what if she did! ARe you saying that our soldiers who come home with PTSD are just faking it and need to pop some valium? Wow! Get a clue please.

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    • So you would rather pump your kid full of medicine to calm them down, making them a zombie, rather than just let them have a pet? That is natural therapy and safer and healthier than medication. And in the long run, probably less expensive.

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    • I really appreciate the fact that you think it’s just the fact of having a animal in a school… the entire reason of this dog was to save her life because she had been low and not been able to make it into the house a couple of times…to the point of a blood sugar of 29 she needed soemthing to warn her ahead of time… and precisely that’s not your business.

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  2. THESE SERVICE DOG PEOPLE ARE IDIOTS.JUST AN EXCUSE TO BRING DOGS INTO PLACES THEY SHOULD NOT BE ALLOWED.LIKE RESTERAUNTS.I DON’T WANT DOG HAIRS AND FLEAS IN MY FOOD.THE DOGS ARE HEALTH HAZARDS.

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    • You sir are the idiot. Service dogs are a great assest to people with certain needs and its not the dog comes running into the resteraunt and jumps in your lap. They literally make no disturbance at all. Your worried about health risk from a dog when the processed food that most resteraunts use are far more of a risk to your health. But congrats on being another ignorant person that comments on a subject they have no true knowledge on.

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    • Pot calling the kettle black there. Learn to spell and use correct grammar before you call others idiots.

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    • You are quite the jerk aren’t you? suppose you expect everyone to bend to your wishes? Do you realize that service dogs are very well behaved? I have 3 dogs, none of them are service dogs, and NONE of them have fleas! Yep, you read that right! Just because it’s a dog does not mean they will automatically have fleas…sheesh.

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    • Actually to inform you… a service dog isn’t allowed to be anywhere near the kitchen how would hair get in your food now? care to explain…? and you know what no one cares what you think but you were in her shoes you would do the same thing…. you think she enjoys being different no but it could save her life

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  3. Joann you are just dumb. I hope for the animal’s sake you are never in need of one for their service. And YES a service dog for diabetics is EXTREMELY helpful. I know this because my niece has one and he has saved her on countless occasions. Glad you wasted our time with your uninformed opinion. Have a great day and go take some pills because you’re obviously off your meds.

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    • i bought a sweet dachsund boy for my grown son who was a brittle diabetic. had sammy one week and he could already detect my son’s blood sugar. we didn’t teach him. he just knew.

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  4. Joann your a idiot!a service dog for a 6 year old on a insulin pump is used to detect rapid sugar drops usually in sleep.how many 6 year olds do you know that can tell you what time of day it is let alone their blood sugar.

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  5. JOE – I hope you go blind tomorrow. And the real hazard is an ignorant ass such as yourself. Go educate yourself or better yet, go walk in front of a bus & do the world a favor.

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  6. HEY SEYMOUR BUTTS, YOU OBVIOUSLY CAN’T GET ALONG WITH PEOPLE SO YOU MUST REPLACE THEM WITH DOGS THAT YOU HOLD CAPTIVE AND FORCE TO OBEY YOU.IF YOUR DOG HAD ACHOICE HE WOULD LEAVE YOU SO FAST. HE HATES YOU. BUT MUST STAY BECAUSE YOU FEED HIM.

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