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Perham (Minn.) Enterprise Bulletin, Published April 03 2009

New York Mills breeder acquitted of felony charges

Jury finds kennel operator guilty of torture, animal cruelty

NEW YORK MILLS, Minn. – A New York Mills jury found dog-breeder Kathy Bauck guilty of three counts of torture and one count of animal cruelty March 24. Each charge was a misdemeanor.

However the jury found Bauck not guilty of two felony charges in connection with the same case.

The verdicts came after six hours of deliberation.

Bauck’s trial included testimony from veterinarians, law enforcement and Bauck herself. Jurors also heard from Bauck’s accuser, Jason Smith, and watched undercover video footage Smith filmed as an employee at Bauck’s breeding facility last spring. The footage, which was aired across the country, showed images of wounded, seizuring and emaciated dogs.

Bauck testified during the trial that some of the injuries occurred after Smith placed dogs in the wrong pens, leading to fights. She said she reprimanded him several times during his two-month employment, which ended the same day a daily logbook went missing.

Bauck’s husband and daughter are the owners of Pick of the Litter Kennels as of April 2008. Bauck was the former owner of the facility and remains employed there.

The judge requested that representatives from the Minnesota Humane Society visit Pick of the Litter Kennels to ensure the safety of Bauck’s animals.

A sentencing hearing will be held April 24.

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