Animal Dealer in Court to Face 36 Felony Charges; PETA Urges District Attorney to Do Right After Botching Related Case
For Immediate Release:
August 2, 2018
David Perle 202-483-7382
Brighton, Colo. – This morning, PETA sent an urgent plea—accompanied by a petition containing over 52,000 signatures—to the 17th Judicial District Attorney’s Office calling for the vigorous prosecution of Adams County resident, animal dealer, and convicted animal abuser Lynn Kubic, who is scheduled to be arraigned on 36 felony cruelty-to-animals charges on Monday, August 6, at 8:30 a.m., before Judge Thomas Richard Ensor.
The charges against Kubic came after PETA contacted District Attorney Dave Young about video footage and photographs captured by state and county officials during their August 31, 2016, search of Kubic’s property, where they found more than 50 dead animals and more than 2,000 others surrounded by filth and languishing in waste. PETA is asking Young to seek a permanent ban on all contact with animals, plus jail time, should Kubic be convicted. It follows prosecutors’ apathetic handling of similar charges against Kubic’s husband, Kenneth Kubic, in June: Prosecutors dismissed the 36 felony charges against him in exchange for his guilty plea for misdemeanor criminal mischief, which means that he’s still allowed to own and have contact with the very animals he abused as well as to acquire more.
“Nothing short of jail time and a lifelong ban on contact with animals will stop these serial abusers from warehousing and neglecting animals in filth,” says PETA Senior Vice President of Cruelty Investigations Daphna Nachminovitch. “PETA is calling on the district attorney’s office to vigorously prosecute this case before any more animals suffer and die in Lynn Kubic’s hands.”
In the Kubics’ basement—which was described as reeking of urine and feces—officials found more than 500 live hedgehogs, sugar gliders, snakes, and other reptiles, along with dead hedgehogs and snakes, in rows of shelving units and tubs. Almost all the snakes were being kept without access to water. In the Kubics’ “rodent factory,” nearly 1,500 mice and rats (and the remains of dozens of others) were found in small bins and cattle troughs. Two flooded bins held dead mice and maggots, and another mouse bin was actively flooding.