Kapsa Pleads Not Guilty
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) A 59-year-old Ballatine woman has pleaded not guilty to two counts of felony aggravated animal cruelty and other charges stemming from raids of her kennel that led to the seizure of nearly 200 dogs.
Linda Kapsa also pleaded not guilty Tuesday to misdemeanor counts of having a dog at large and two misdemeanor counts of failing to provide rabies information.
District Judge Gregory Todd allowed Kapsa to remain free without bail, pending trial.
The dogs, mostly English shepherds, were seized in December and remain under the care of Yellowstone County.
Court records say many of the dogs were living in overcrowded conditions or outside with little or no protection from subzero temperatures. Others needed care for wounds, broken bones and other injuries. Authorities removed two dozen dead dogs from the property.
CBS Montana reported today that:
Court documents filed Monday afternoon describe the conditions on Kapsa’s property as “horrendous”.
Back on January 3, they reported that:
The Billings veterinarian overseeing the dogs taken from a Ballantine kennel operation says they face a number of serious medical issues.
The most severe case ended in the amputation of one of the dog’s legs. Dr. Rob Bruner of Big Sky Pets is caring for 47 animals that were seized in Tuesday’s raid at the Shady Lane Kennels in Ballantine.
Bruner is caring for two pregnant dogs, three moms with litters, three cats, and 10 cockatiels.
He believes that after witnessing the living conditions, and inspecting their health, the animals had neglected. The health issues range from parasites, fleas to severe infections.
Today The Missoulian reported:
Following the Dec. 30 raid, authorities asked for the public’s help in tracking down several dozen dogs that disappeared following the initial raid on the kennel. It now appears, based on court documents, that those dogs were given to Kapsa’s daughter, a veterinarian from North Carolina, and will be adopted out to new homes.
I’m glad to hear that the missing pugs are in good care, and that they’ll find homes. Regarding the nearly 200 English Shepherds currently being held in custodial care, CBS Montana reports:
The bills are brewing when it comes to sheltering and caring for the dogs following the December 30th raid as the county has already been billed $9,400. Yellowstone County Undersheriff Jay Bell says that’s just the tip of the iceberg.
Some 50 dogs are being cared for at the Big Sky Pet Center, at a cost of $10 per day, per dog.
“We have some that are over there for medical reasons. We also have mothers with litters that the puppies were too little, we didn’t want to bring them out here with the weather the way it is” explained coordinator Catherine Schaeffer. “And then we have pregnant females that we think are due anytime.”
Some $3,600 in donations has been raised so far to help with the cost of caring for the dogs.
Once again cash donations for the dogs’ care are being accepted at the Yellowstone County Sheriff’s Office (406) 256-2929.