A raid at the Shady Lane Kennels, in Montana, resulted in 189 English Shepherds being rescued. Authorities also found 10 frozen dog carcasses and another dead dog near the breeder’s bed.
Deputy Yellowstone County Attorney Mark Murphy said a decision on whether to file charges against breeder Linda Kapsa will be made sometime next week.
Meanwhile, authorities were seeking tips into the fate of 50 pugs recently seen at Kapsa’s Shady Lane Kennels but which are now missing.
The dogs seized Tuesday in Ballantine – many of them covered with fleas and feces and at least six that appeared gravely ill – were being held as evidence at the county fairgrounds in Billings.
A decision on whether to file charges? I’m not sure what the question is, if mistreatment and animal abuse isn’t enough to file charges immediately against the owner what about the fact the same kennel was raided twice before and 13 dogs were found dead.
“The law of the West is you don’t abuse your animals,” said County Commissioner Jim Reno. “Leaving little puppies out in below-zero weather, outside, without obvious food or shelter – that doesn’t make it here.”
Well, that’s good. But I ask again, why haven’t those charges been filed? Let’s hope Linda Kaspa will be prosecuted to the full extent of the law.