Thornton pet store owners charged with animal cruelty

Posted by Big Rat on Campus on Mar 14, 2015 in Rat Answers | Subscribe

Three family members who run the Thornton pet store Jurassic Pets have been charged with nearly 100 counts of animal cruelty for allegedly abusing and killing rodents and reptiles at their store.

Court documents show that a total of 97 misdemeanor animal cruelty counts were filed during the weekend and Monday against Kenneth Mark Kubic (21 counts), Lynn Denise Kubic (38 counts) and Brian James Kubic (38 counts).

Jess Redman, assistant district attorney for Adams County, wouldn’t confirm the charges because he said he hadn’t yet had the chance to talk to the defendants.

The investigation, which culminated in December with Thornton police executing a search warrant on the business at 10380 Washington St., was prompted by an investigation conducted by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals.

The animal rights group claimed Tuesday that the store’s staff attempted to kill domestic mice and rats by “whacking them against surfaces.” PETA also claimed that rodents and reptiles at Jurassic Pets were frozen alive and were routinely denied water.

The group posted video and photos of the alleged abuse on its website.

“It’s too late for the animals who were bashed and frozen to death at Jurassic Pets, but the Kubic family must now answer for such grotesquely cruel conduct,” PETA senior vice president of cruelty investigations Daphna Nachminovitch said.

Reached by phone at the Thornton store Tuesday, Brian Kubic said he was not aware of the charges and had no further comment.

PETA said it also documented abuse at a second business owned by the Kubic family — Willards Rodent Factory, a breeding facility in Adams County — but that the Adams County Sheriff’s Office has yet to take action.

The Kubics are set for arraignment April 6.

John Aguilar: 303-954-1695, jaguilar@denverpost.com or twitter.com/abuvthefold

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