State Agents' Video Showing Dead Animals Results in 72 New Felony Charges Against Pet Dealers Kenneth and Lynn Kubic
For Immediate Release:
September 13, 2017
David Perle 202-483-7382
Brighton, Colo. – The 17th Judicial District Attorney’s Office has filed 72 new felony cruelty-to-animals charges against Adams County residents Kenneth Mark Kubic and Lynn Denise Kubic, who were convicted last year of cruelty to animals after a PETA exposé of their now-defunct Thornton pet store, Jurassic Pets. PETA has obtained video footage and photographs captured by Colorado state and Adams County officials during their August 31, 2016, search of the Kubics’ property—conducted to determine whether the Kubics were complying with a January 2015 court order barring them from operating a “rodent factory” without a license—and the search has now led to a boatload of fresh charges. Officials found more than 50 dead animals and more than 2,000 others surrounded by filth and waste, many of whom were denied basic necessities, such as food and water, as well as veterinary care.
“Just months after being convicted of cruelty to animals, Kenneth and Lynn Kubic were causing small animals to suffer and die in hellish conditions in their basement and shed,” says PETA Senior Vice President of Cruelty Investigations Daphna Nachminovitch. “These are serial animal abusers who must be barred from ever harboring an animal again.”
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, and an emaciated bearded dragon and 18 snakes needed immediate veterinary care for respiratory infections, oral and ocular abscesses, dehydration, and other issues.
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 an additional mouse bin was actively flooding. Many of the surviving mice were kept in filthy, severely crowded bins.