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KEY MESSAGE: Complaints have been filed against Kathy Bauck from veterinarians, who have worked with her or treated dogs bought from her kennel. One complaint resulted in charges and sentencing for practicing veterinary medicine without a license.
Photo credit CAPS; from CAPS undercover investigation
COMPLAINTS FILED BY VETERINARIANS
Numerous veterinarians and vet techs throughout Minnesota have given countless hours (and discounted fees) helping animals rescued from unscrupulous breeding facilities.
Over the years, a few veterinarians who have worked for Kathy Bauck or treated animals that she has bred and sold have, due to suspected animal cruelty, reported her activities to the authorities.
Two veterinarians and their complaints include:
• 1996: Dr. William Rose filed a complaint with the Otter Tail County Sheriff's Department in regards to Pick Of The Litter in October 1996. Dr. Rose (and three employees) reported "possible illegal operation of a puppy mill and mistreating dogs, also possible fraud on registered dogs by using other dogs for registration."
• 2006: Dr. Dennis Stanford filed a complaint with the Otter Tail County Sheriff's Department in regards to Pick Of The Litter in May 2006. Dr. Stanford treated two dogs that had not been properly spayed and required additional medical attention. Dr. Stanford's concern was that Pick Of The Litter was performing surgeries, providing veterinary care and administrating medicine without the proper licensing and training, thereby endangering the animals.
NOTE: Other veterinarians may have known about or reported her activities throughout the years; we have data for the two above.
VETERINARIANS AT TRIAL
During the trial of Kathy Bauck (separate case: #56-CR-08-2271), two veterinarians testified as expert witnesses in regards to animal cruelty:
The veterinarian who currently works for Kathy Bauck and signs the Certificates of Veterinary Medicine (inspects the animals and approves them for shipment out of state) is: Dr. Kathleen Marcussen
Past veterinarians who have inspected the animals and signed health certificates have included: Dr. Dennis Lange, Dr. Richard Teal and Dr. Lee Chatham.
REPORTING ABUSE BY VETERINARIANS
As with any industry, there are a variety of personalities and values that guide decisions within the veterinarian community. For veterinary clinics, veterinary care is a business — guided by The Veterinarian's Oath.
In regards to animals, it appears there are a range of personality/cultural types within the veterinarian community.
There are those view animals as sentient beings and give their time and skills to help animals hurt or abused by others. These veterinarians value both the animal (as patient) and owner (as client) and who, if they see or suspect animal neglect or abuse will educate the person or, if the abuse is immediate, severe or consistent, will report it.
There are others who tend to favor the owner (the paying client) and, if they see or suspect animal neglect or abuse, do not report it for fear of losing the business. Or they may view animals as commodities, populations, breeding stock or other "mass" entities, and may not understand or agree with individual animal suffering or welfare issues.
The above attitudes may dictate what a veterinarian will do in regards to animal abuse.
Veterinarians are on the frontlines, dealing with animal issues directly. Many people believe that when all veterinarians speak up and refuse to tolerate animal abuse, real change will occur.
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