A tragic loss for Austin

by austinpetsalive • Posted in: General

Update: Memorial Celebration Open House for Lee Mannix
Thursday, May 6th from 1pm – 6pm at the Lee Mannix Center for Canine
Behavior, 6901 Old Bee Caves Rd, Austin TX. Memorial Service by Rev.
James K. Mann will be given at 2pm. Memorial Tribute by Kinky Friedman
will be held at 5pm. We hope to see you there.

We are sorry to share some very sad news. Lee Mannix, Austin located and world-renowned dog behaviorist, was killed last night in a car accident. Lee provided APA! with a significant amount of behavioral consulting for several of our APA! dogs, and was a mentor to one of our adoption counselors. Lee’s generosity, his talent, and his passion for dogs will be greatly missed by APA! and other dog lovers across the world.

Statesman article, 05-04-2010

Below is the release that his group, the Lee Mannix Center for Canine Behavior, sent out earlier today:

Local Community Mourns Loss of “Dogfather” Lee Mannix

Austin, TX | May 3, 2010 – Lee Mannix, owner of the Lee Mannix Center for Canine Behavior (LMCCB), tragically passed away yesterday evening from injuries sustained from a car accident. His brother Kevin Mannix who was also in the vehicle is in stable condition.

“We are all in shock and disbelief at this loss,” said Shari Elkins, spokesperson for LMCCB. “Lee was an exceptional trainer with an amazing heart.”

Mannix, 40, was a pack behaviorist who consulted on dog behavior and specialized in aggression issues. He was dedicated to a teaching philosophy based on improving relationships between people and their pets. He was widely regarded as the last stop for many dogs with aggression and other severe behavior problems, and over the years Lee touched the lives of thousands of dogs and their humans.

Mannix was known for his incredible talent, his easy smile, and his deep generosity.

The training center will resume normal business hours on Tuesday, May 4th. The trainers and staff, led by Shari Elkins CPDT-KA, are continuing Lee’s mission to help dogs.

Memorial donations in Lee’s honor can be made to the Schrodi Training Fund.


3 Responses to "A tragic loss for Austin"

  1. Moxie Pawssays: May 3, 2010 at 2:54 pm

    So sorry for your loss….very tragic!

  2. Emilysays: May 3, 2010 at 3:13 pm

    I’ve been so sad since hearing this news. When I rescued a chihuahua, Lee helped me and my other dog through a difficult transition. His guidance kept us all together and I will forever be grateful to him. I know APA! has lost a generous friend too; his work has been so important to their mission. I know he saved many animals whose owners had given up on them. Thank you Lee, for everything you did for our dogs.

  3. Nancy Goodmansays: May 4, 2010 at 5:42 pm

    I didn’t know him personally but his trainers helped me get my rescue, Nicholas, into the APA! PASS program. I will be forever grateful for their help. Nick found his forever home which is what Mr. Mannix was all about. My condolences go out to his family!