Serial animal abusers face arraignment Monday

More than 52,000 people have signed a petition encouraging Adams County District Attorney Dave Young to vigorously prosecute accused animal dealer Lynn Kubic after her home was raided once again and investigators discovered a “rodent factory” containing 50 dead animals and 2,000 hedgehogs, mice, snakes and reptiles languishing in vats of their own filth.

Kubic, 57, is scheduled for arraignment Monday on 36 counts of cruelty to animals in Adams County District Judge Thomas Ensor’s courtroom.

An animal right’s group, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, collected the signatures and delivered the petition to Young’s office on Thursday, said Dan Paden, a spokesman for PETA. The petition asks Young to permanently ban Kubic from all contact with animals, plus jail time, if Kubic is convicted.

“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,” Daphna Nachminovitch, PETA Senior Vice President of Cruelty Investigations, said in a written statement. “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.”

The petition criticized Young for the “apathetic” handling of similar charges against Kubic’s husband, Kenneth Kubic. In June, prosecutors dismissed 36 felony charges against him in exchange for his guilty plea for misdemeanor criminal mischief, according to court records. On June 26, he was sentenced to a year of probation and ordered to pay $875.50 in fines and fees, court records show.

On Aug. 31, 2016, Colorado and Adams County officials raided Kubic’s house and basement and took videos and pictures 500 hedgehogs, sugar glider snakes in rows of shelving units and plastic tubs. Many of the creatures were dead, PETA’s petition says. Nearly 1,500 mice and rates were discovered in small bins and cattle troughs, it says.

The officials claimed the basement reeked of urine and feces.

The unannounced government inspection came just months after the former owners of two Jurassic Pets stores were convicted of cruelty to animal charges.

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