Puppy Mills in the News Again

August 11, 2008 at 1:54 am 8 comments

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 spawn of Satan accused from MyFOX Twin Cities

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.

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8 Comments Add your own

  • 1. cheryl  |  August 11, 2008 at 3:25 am

    I don’t understand why people can’t do something like cut off this lady’s food supply, refuse to service her at restaurants in the community, refuse to provide her with basic services. It is possible cut her off from society all together and continually call the cops on her for disturbances! Get her tangled up in lawsuits, whatever it takes. She can’t afford attorneys fees. She’ll lose on default.

  • 2. Caveat  |  August 11, 2008 at 9:25 pm

    I look at a lot of puppy mill bust articles with a cynical eye, since learning that many people who are supposedly abusing animals are actually innocent.

    However, in this case we have eyewitness accounts and a video record, so I hope they throw the book at this person.

    This is the kind of case that opens the door to ridiculous breeder controls that are completely unnecessary. Some simple enforcement of existing laws would be adequate to shut these people down.

    And good question, where was the USDA in this case? Dogs shouldn’t be considered livestock, imo and should not be under the auspices of the USDA.

  • 3. Terry  |  September 4, 2008 at 2:38 am

    It’s long overdue to shut down Pick of the Litter and treat Kathy Bauck the same way she’s been treating dog’s for years. I am aware of 2 dog’s that came out of her facitility that have the worse breeding of any dog’s I have known. Both have multiple genetic health issues and are costing the owners thousands of dollars. These dog’s suffer all their lives because of her bad breeding and handling. Both dog’s have serious behavior issues from cruel treatment as young puppies. This has been going on for more than 12 years because one of the dog’s is elderly. Yes, I want to know where the USDA was???? I can come up with inspection reports by them with numerous violattions.

  • 4. Nathan  |  November 15, 2008 at 1:54 pm

    Where’s the petition to shut this lady’s operation down?
    Does anyone know how to go about starting one?
    Maybe write to congress???

    If you haven’t seen the FOX video, here it is:
    http://www.thebostonchannel.com/video/17944821/index.html

  • 5. Rose  |  January 1, 2009 at 11:20 pm

    In response to Nathan’s question – one way to start some movement to shut down this woman’s operation, and others like hers is to boycott Petland. Petland is one of the country’s largest purchasers of puppy mill puppies. Write the corporate board and tell them why you are doing this as well. The link to the Humane Society’s campaign is here:

    http://apps.facebook.com/causes/petitions/31?m=17faf1ec

  • 6. Thena  |  February 2, 2009 at 2:08 am

    This video has encited me into action. Boycott Petland and stores like it that have puppy mill pups for sale. If all of us disgusted sorts joined together change would come.

  • 7. Doglover  |  October 23, 2009 at 6:37 pm

    The Humane Society of the U.S. wants to hear from people who have purchased a puppy that came from this convicted animal abuser. Please send your story to humanesociety.org/puppymillstory or email stoppuppymills@humanesociety.org. They really want to hear from you. Thanks.

  • 8. saidkhorram  |  June 28, 2010 at 2:50 pm

    Now we can help the dogs in puppy mills to have a much better life. Please spread the word!!!!

    http://saidkhorramshahgol.wordpress.com/2010/06/28/do-your-part-to-stop-puppy-mill-abuse/

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