Puppy Mill Operator Kathy Bauck Sentenced on Latest Animal Abuse Conviction

Posted on March 6, 2009
Updated on January 13, 2010

January 2010 Update:
While the USDA has revoked her kennel license, Kathy Bauck continues to sell puppies online. Updates on the Baucks and their ongoing puppy sales can be found at the CAPS website.

May 2009 Update:
Kathy Jo Bauck
is to serve 20 days in jail and pay a $500 fine as ordered by Judge
Senyk on May 1, 2009. Bauck’s sentence also contains orders for
probation and community service. The Bauck family must now allow
unannounced humane society inspections at their Pick of the Litter
Kennel where approximately a thousand dogs reportedly remain.  

Here is a news article on the sentencing:
Bauck Sentenced for Dog Torturing Conviction

On March 24, 2009 a jury found Kathy Bauck guilty on 4 counts of misdemeanor animal cruelty. In addition to the options of jail time and fines, under Minnesota law the judge has the ability to order Bauck’s animals forfeited, and to prohibit her from owning or having custody or control over companion animals for a period of time.

Here are two news articles on the jury trial:
Bauck acquitted of felony charges
The Daily Journal, March 25, 2009

Bauck says she was sabotaged
The Daily Journal, March 24, 2009

(Otter Tail County, MN) Notorious for years, Kathy Bauck is again facing animal cruelty charges for alleged animal abuses at her Pick of the Litter Kennel where well over a thousand dogs reportedly remain. Ms. Bauck has a long history with animal abuse allegations – most recently a 2008 plea bargain allowed her to continue to operate her breeding operation. An undercover investigation by the Companion Animal Protection Society has since led to the current criminal case which charged 7 counts of animal cruelty and 2 counts of practicing veterinary medicine without a license. In a disappointing development however, 5 of those counts were dismissed by Judge Waldemar Senyk in January 2009.

ALDF has offered its free legal resources to the Otter Tail County Attorney and would happily provide its expertise – as well as grant money toward expert witness costs if needed – to ensure a thorough and meaningful prosecution.

Here are news articles on the story:

Puppy Breeder On Trial To Face Abuse Charges
wcco.com, March 18, 2009

Five charges against breeder dropped
The Daily Journal Online, March 6, 2009

Animal activists target puppy mills across the state
City Pages, January 12, 2009


Using this case as an example, Minnesotans are encouraged to write letters to the editors of their local papers, expressing their concern over puppy mills and noting their expectation that law enforcement authorities be educated on this issue and coordinate effectively for meaningful interventions.

Send your letter to the editor here!

Court information:
District Court of Otter Tail County
Seventh Judicial District
121 West Junius Avenue
Fergus Falls, MN 56537
Phone: 218-998-8420
Case #56-CR08-2271

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