NEW YORK (CNNMoney)–It was a beautiful summer day for MTH trainers.
They were out training dogs at the Golden Gate Park’s Westside Dog Training Center, just blocks from where former New York Knicks star Carmelo Anthony and former New England Patriots star Ray Lewis once played.
But that was about to change.
The park’s dog trainers were told to stop training dogs.
That’s because the dogs at MTH are on a waiting list.
A month ago, they were on the chopping block.
The owners of a pet store near the park said they weren’t going to sell the dogs.
And the owners of the dog training center said they would have to cut back on their hours to make the animals happy.
So the owners and trainers at MTS started making phone calls and sending e-mails to their fans, telling them the dogs could be euthanized if the owner decided to close the facility.
“The dog is the most important thing in my life.
It’s my life, it’s my soul,” said Jennifer Gavris, a dog trainer at MTRCC.”
We’re not a dog training facility.
We’re a therapy facility, and it’s very important that our dogs feel loved,” said MTS owner David Wysocki.
The owners are worried that MTH could lose its dog-training license if they keep the dogs on the waiting list, which is at least one year.
The owners say they’ve had no official word from the city or the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene on how long the dogs can stay.
The owner of the PetCo in the area, who asked to remain anonymous, says the city hasn’t contacted him yet.
The city is appealing a decision by the state’s Department of Environmental Conservation that the owners are not violating any laws.
A spokesperson for the city told CNNMoney that the agency does not comment on pending litigation.MTH says it doesn’t discriminate against animals, but it has to make decisions based on the needs of the dogs it serves.
“The city does not have the authority to determine that the owner of a business in the city cannot have the dogs,” said David Wypocki, owner of MTS.
He says he’s not against dog training, but he’s concerned about what could happen if the owners decide to stop keeping the dogs in the facility, especially if the animals are on the wait list.
“I would be concerned that there could be a very large group of dogs, and some of those dogs would be euthansized because of the lack of care that they receive,” said Wypocksi.
“I’m hoping that it’s not the case.
I’m hoping they have other options to address their animal care needs, not just a single facility.”
The owners say the situation is frustrating because the animals aren’t treated like any other pets.
They say the owners have been caring for the dogs for a year, but they are on an extended waiting list to get a license.
“It’s a bit of a challenge for us because of our own personal finances, but we’re trying to get through this,” said Gavres.