Due to a CAPS undercover employment opportunity of six weeks at one of the largest USDA dog brokering and breeding facilities in Minnesota, prosecutors recently brought nine counts of cruelty, including four felony counts, against Kathy Bauck, the owner of Pick of the Litter. The CAPS investigator documented many more acts of cruelty than the nine charges brought by the state. We have been investigating Ms. Bauck since 1997, but she has always been suspicious so it has been challenging to gain access to her facility. She has 800 to 900 adult breeding dogs and 300 to 400 puppies. Over the years, numerous consumers have filed complaints with CAPS regarding the purchase of sick puppies or those with hereditary problems.
Ms. Bauck already had a cease and desist order from the state vet board for the practice of veterinary medicine, including doing C sections and spay/neuter. This didn't stop her. She continued to practice vet medicine and do yet more C sections, which were documented by employees. Sadly, the state allowed her to plea bargain to just one charge for the practice of vet medicine and dropped the cruelty charge for killing a puppy. While on parole and serving work release, she continued to commit cruelty, which was being documented by our investigator using a hidden camera, daily field notes and reports, all of which we presented to the detective and prosecutor's office. Prosecutors brought nine counts of cruelty and four felony counts against Ms. Bauck. The pre-trial is set for January 26th 2009. The 4-day trial is scheduled to begin on February 10th 2009.
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