CDA: Lynn Kubic of Willards Rodent Factory Sentenced to Fine & Jail Time
BROOMFIELD, Colo. – The Adams County Court has sentenced Lynn Kubic of Willards Rodent Factory to seven days in jail and a $1,000 fine for violating a 2016 permanent injunction order issued by the court. The $1,000 fine will be suspended upon a compliance check by the Colorado Department of Agriculture’s Pet Animal Care Facility Act (PACFA) program staff confirming that Kubic is not operating a pet care facility without a license.
CDA has been involved in a lengthy legal process and investigation of Kubic for operating without a license since 2013 when the Commissioner issued a cease and desist order regarding operation of an unlicensed pet facility.
- In April 2016, the Colorado Court of Appeals affirmed the District Court’s permanent injunction order from January 2015 to Lynn Kubic d/b/a Willards Rodent Factory to enjoin her from operating a small mammal breeding facility without a license.
- In August 2016, PACFA Inspectors from the Colorado Department of Agriculture found over 2,000 animals on Kubic’s property in violation of the court’s 2015 order. During that search, PACFA inspectors found over 50 dead animals and 18 snakes and a lizard that required veterinary care.
- In December 2016, the Adams County District Court found Kubic guilty of contempt of court for violating the permanent injunction, which led to today’s sentencing.
“The court has made a strong statement regarding the importance of the Pet Animal Care Facilities Act and its value to this state by protecting pets within licensed facilities. Unlicensed pet care facilities place the public at risk both in terms of releasing sick or injured animals and in terms of transmitting zoonotic diseases, such as salmonella,” said Nick Fisher, CDA’s PACFA program manager.
PACFA, within CDA’s Inspection and Consumer Services division, is a licensing and inspection program dedicated to protecting the health and well-being of animals in 1,900 licensed pet care facilities throughout Colorado. The program is committed to making sure that licensees meet, or exceed, minimum standards for physical facilities, sanitation, ventilation, lighting, heating, cooling, humidity, spatial and enclosure requirements, nutrition, humane care, medical treatment, methods of operation and record keeping. In April 2016, the program received the Colorado Animal Control Officers Association’s (CAACO) “Agency of the Year Award.” For more on the program, visit https://www.colorado.gov/pacific/aginspection/pacfa.