Final Kubic Family Member Is Sentenced for Cruelty

Published by Jennifer Bates.

UPDATE: On August 31, Lynn Denise Kubic—co-owner, along with her husband, previously sentenced Kenneth Mark Kubic, of Jurassic Pets—was sentenced to one year’s probation and was ordered to pay nearly $1,000 in fines and costs.

Kubic’s sentencing, as well as the sentencing of two other family members, follows a PETA investigation into Jurassic Pets, which documented staff routinely denying animals water and attempting to kill domestic rats and mice by “whacking” them against hard surfaces or freezing the animals to death. Urge the U.S. Department of Agriculture to revoke all licenses held by Lynn, Kenneth, and/or Brian Kubic under the Animal Welfare Act.

UPDATE: On August 10, Kenneth Mark Kubic—co-owner, along with his wife, previously convicted Lynn Denise Kubic of Jurassic Pets—was sentenced to four years’ probation and ordered to pay nearly $3,500 in fines and other costs, pending a possible appeal of his conviction. Kubic was also ordered not to work with animals.

The sentencing hearing for Lynn Kubic was postponed to August 31.

Fourth update posted July 11, 2016:

UPDATE: On July 11, the Colorado Department of Agriculture announced that it had denied license applications from Jurassic Pets and ordered the Kubics to “stop all business activity” at their stores in Thornton and Lakewood, Colorado. However, the Kubics apparently hold and/or may be trying to obtain licenses for other animal-dealing businesses. Please urge officials to end this cruelty by refusing to license any of the Kubics’ operations.

Third update posted June 29, 2016:

UPDATE: On June 29, Brian James Kubic—a manager at Jurassic Pets LLC—was sentenced to one year of probation and ordered to pay more than $1,400 in fines and costs.

The sentencing hearing for Brian’s father, Kenneth Mark Kubic—co-owner, along with previously convicted Lynn Denise Kubic, of Jurassic Pets—was postponed to August 10.

A PETA exposé of Jurassic Pets revealed that animals were regularly denied water and some were frozen to death. Urge the Colorado Department of Agriculture to revoke all licenses held by the Kubics under the Pet Animal Care and Facilities Act.

Second update posted June 15, 2016:

UPDATE: On June 15, Lynn Denise Kubic—co-owner, along with previously convicted Kenneth Mark Kubic, of Jurassic Pets LLC and mother of previously convicted store manager Brian James Kubic—pleaded guilty to and was convicted of one misdemeanor count of cruelty to animals. She is scheduled to be sentenced on July 27.

PETA eyewitness exposé of the extreme suffering of animals at Jurassic Pets prompted Colorado’s Thornton Police Department to seize more than 100 animals from the pet store in December 2014. Urge the Colorado Department of Agriculture to revoke all licenses held by the Kubics under the Pet Animal Care and Facilities Act.

First update posted May 16, 2016:

UPDATE: On May 13, Kenneth Mark Kubic—co-owner of Jurassic Pets LLC and father of previously convicted store manager Brian James Kubic—was convicted of 18 counts of cruelty to animals. He’s scheduled to be sentenced on June 29.

Kenneth Kubic’s wife, Lynn Denise Kubic, still faces 38 cruelty-to-animals charges. Her trial is scheduled for June 16.

Witnesses who worked at two businesses run by the Kubics routinely found hedgehogs, rats, kittens, reptiles, and other animals suffering in horrific conditions. Urge the Colorado Department of Agriculture to revoke all licenses held by Kenneth, Lynn, and/or Brian Kubic under the state’s Pet Animal Care Facilities Act.

Originally posted April 13, 2016:

Today, Brian James Kubic, a manager at Jurassic Pets LLC in Thornton, Colorado, was convicted of cruelty to animals in Adams County Court. A PETA eyewitness exposé of the extreme suffering of hundreds of rats, mice, reptiles, hedgehogs, and other animals at Jurassic Pets prompted the Thornton Police Department to seize more than 100 animals from the pet store in December 2014 and charge Kubic with 38 counts of cruelty in March 2015.

Video footage and photographs captured by PETA reveal that Jurassic Pets staff routinely denied animals water and attempted to kill domestic rats and mice by “whacking them against surfaces,” leaving some twitching and gasping for breath after the blows, and an owner and other staff admitted to freezing rodents and reptiles alive. Kubic instructed one PETA eyewitness that a weak and thin rat with severe injuries should be thrown to cats, adding, “It’s not like I care.”

Kubic is scheduled to be sentenced on June 1. His parents, Jurassic Pets owners Kenneth Mark and Lynn Denise Kubic, still face a total of 59 cruelty-to-animals charges, with each punishable by up to 18 months in prison and/or a fine of up to $5,000.

PETA also documented egregious suffering at a second business owned by the Kubic family, the breeding facility Willards Rodent Factory in Adams County. Rats and mice at Willards were typically fed only monthly, and food became moldy, was contaminated with animals’ waste, or ran out. Animals were routinely denied veterinary care and euthanasia, with many found drowned in flooded tubs or dead and rotting in bins. PETA has called on the Adams County Sheriff’s Office to help the animals there.

What You Can Do

Urge the Colorado Department of Agriculture to revoke all licenses held by Kenneth, Lynn, and/or Brian Kubic under the state’s Pet Animal Care Facilities Act.

PETA eyewitnesses have repeatedly documented abuse and neglect at breeders and dealers that supply animals to pet stores. Please, pledge never to buy supplies from retailers that sell any animals, and if you’re planning to add an animal to your family, adopt one from a shelter or rescue organization—never buy.

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