Story by Mike Nolting, MetroNews

WESTON, W.Va. — The owners of Shockeyhaus, a Lewis County dog training and breeding business, have been arrested and charged with animal cruelty.

Sydney and Daryl Shockey each face three counts of animal cruelty following complaints from several pet owners to the West Virginia State Police that dogs suffered chemical burns, injuries that required amputation, and extreme weight loss.

The pet owners told troopers the four- to six-week training programs cost thousands of dollars. When owners returned to pick up their pets, some were injured, underfed, or became skittish around them.

Shockeyhaus specialized in German Shepherds and Belgian Malinois and operated in the Horner area. The Shockeyhaus website is no longer online and has been out of compliance with the West Virginia Secretary of State since 2021.