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Phoenix woman questions explanation for missing dog

"I just want my dog back. I want his body if he is dead. I want his collar. Why didn't I get...
"I just want my dog back. I want his body if he is dead. I want his collar. Why didn't I get that?" said Christ.(Arizona's Family)
Updated: Nov. 1, 2021 at 1:36 PM MST
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PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) - When Lindsay Christ heard the news on Aug. 28, she couldn’t believe it. “I went hysterical,” she said. The man she had paid more than $2,000 to train her dog had just told her the dog was dead. “He says, ‘I’m really sorry to tell you, but Ludo passed away last night at 7, due to the heat,’” said Christ.

Ludo had come into her life the year before, during the pandemic summer, right after Christ had gone through a painful miscarriage. She says the dog saved her. And she saved him. “He was my companion. He was like my right side. He didn’t want to leave me, ever,” said Christ.

But Ludo was also protective of Christ. And he didn’t like men. Christ says he bit her fiance and his father. She tried to rehome him. She tried to find a place to board him. And then, in June, she found a dog trainer named Terry White.

“My sister worked with him. She said he and his family are Christian and they started a board and training facility,” said Christ.

His mission statement, posted to social media, included the following statement, “… we are genuinely concerned for your pet and as dog owners would treat your pet as our own.”

Lindsay believed this was the answer to her prayers. “He said he could fix his behavior issues and his biting,” said Christ. But later, Christ says she and White developed some personality conflicts. White indicated as much during a later conversation with Arizona’s Family Investigates.

By August, Christ says she was desperate to visit Ludo at White’s Florence boarding facility. The temperature in Florence was 112 degrees on Friday, Aug. 27 - the day White says Ludo died.

But what happened after that is what has caused Christ to question the explanation. She says White told her fiance that between Friday and Saturday, Ludo had started to decompose, so he had to dispose of the body. She says that he said he burned the body at a relative’s home. “I just want my dog back. I want his body if he is dead. I want his collar. Why didn’t I get that?” said Christ.

A Pinal County Animal Care and Control report indicates White told investigators he was suffering from COVID-19, but was still checking on the dogs once per day. According to the report, he said Ludo must have knocked over his water. And that he was found deceased at a later time. The animal control officer did not cite White.

During a visit to White’s home, he initially stated he did not want to discuss the incident. Then he stated Ludo’s death was an accident and that Christ was spinning the incident to “fit her narrative.”

When asked why he did not return Ludo’s body to Christ, he said, “What could she have done with it?” He later admitted that it was a mistake not to return Ludo’s remains. White also confirmed that another dog had escaped from his kennel during the same month.

In the back of her mind, Christ says she hopes Ludo escaped as well and that he is still alive. Animal welfare advocates say that because there are few standards or regulations that apply to dog trainers, it is important to get references and check those references if you are thinking of hiring one to train your pet.