Puppy Mills in the News Again
Depressing news from MyFOX Twin Cities:
NEW YORK MILLS, Minn. — A breeder in New York Mills, Minn., west of Brainerd, is charged with nine counts of felony animal cruelty, torture, and practicing veterinary medicine without a license. However, because of a loophole in the law, Kathy Bauck will get to keep her kennel of 1,000 dogs. 52-year-old Kathy Jo Bauck is licensed to sell animals at Pick of the Litter Kennels in New York Mills, Minn. But because she’s licensed through the USDA, local animal investigators do not have the authority to get involved.
We’ll spare you the very graphic details in the FOX story. The conditions at the facility were abbatoir ugly:
The complaint illustrates dozens of cases of dogs suffering from wounds, swollen eyes, missing flesh, bloody sores, seizures, and emaciation while at the kennel — and receiving either improper medical treatment or none at all.Bauck has been accused of practicing veterinary medicine without a license before, and animal rights groups have accused her of abuse in the past.
Currently, Minnesota law does not allow local animal investigators access to facilities regulated by the USDA. However, legislation has been proposed that will change that. If the Breeder Bill passes, it will give investigators access to hold breeders accountable for their actions.
Kathy Bauck claims she is innocent and that it was just an animal rights group that was after her.
The group that sent an undercover agent to work at Bauck’s facility was the Companion Animal Protection Society (CAPS) a group that describes themselves as: “the only national nonprofit dedicated exclusively to protecting companion animals, CAPS’ foremost concern is the abuse and suffering of pet shop and puppy mill dogs.”
According to The Fergus Falls Journal:
“This has been a long time in coming,” said Carol Schaaf, director of the Humane Society of Otter Tail County. “People have worked for several years to get her business closed down.”
Minnesota Humane Society Director, Jill Fritz, reiterated that Bauck has a lengthy history of violations.
She has been cited for inadequate record-keeping, animals with swollen limbs, missing skin, animals fighting with each other inside her facility, unsafe and unsanitary housing. You name it, she’s been cited many times by the USDA,” Fritz said.
Fritz said that during a 2006 USDA inspection, Bauck had more than 1,300 dogs in her kennels.
A kennel worker reported animal abuse to the Otter Tail County Sheriff’s Department, and supplied video and audio documentation, according to court records.
I’m always glad to see a high-volume mill shut down and it sounds like there is enough evidence against Kathy Bauck to shut her down. But – I’m libertarian enough to be bothered by the idea of an under-cover civilian with a pre-set agenda going onto private property where he uses recording devices to collect data for law enforcement activities. It sounds like Bauck had a long history of breaking the law – and I’d like to know why the USDA and local law enforcement agencies couldn’t be bothered to enforce laws they had reasonable cause to suspect were being broken.
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again — WE DON’T NEED MORE LAWS – WE NEED BETTER ENFORCEMENT OF OUR EXISTING LAWS!
Please, can’t our sheriff’s deputies and police officers spend a little more time enforcing cruelty laws and a little less on speeding and parking tickets? I’m not saying we should let all the speeders and other traffic scofflaws go — but the paucity of resources that go into enforcement of animal cruelty and related laws in most jurisdictions is appalling. And where the h**l has the USDA been for the five or more years that violations have been documented at her chamber of horror facility?
Kathy Bauck should have been taken out of business years ago. Shame on the USDA and on local authorities for letting the ball drop and allowing her to remain in business as long as she has. My gawd – the woman was practicing medicine without a license and TORTURING animals! And while I’m on a roll, I’d like to also put a pox on on all their houses for letting a hired gun with an agenda civilian do their dirty work for them.