Notorious Mill Breeder Permanently Banned from Selling Pets

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Infamous for the exploitation of thousands of animals, Minnesota’s most notorious puppy mill breeder has been banned from selling pets – for life.

Pick of the Litter, Kathy Bauck‘s business, was known for being one of the largest USDA licensed breeding facilities in the country. The USDA estimates that at its peak, Pick of the Litter sold between 3,000 and 4,000 animals annually.

In 2008, animal-rights nonprofit group CAPS conducted an undercover investigation that revealed untreated sick and dying dogs at Bauck’s kennels. Bauck was convicted of four misdemeanor counts of animal cruelty and torture following the investigation, and her license was revoked for two years in 2010. CAPS continued to track Bauck’s activities and found that she sold a number of puppies to stores well after her license was canceled.

In light of this evidence, Bauck has been permanently banned from future commercial production or resale of dogs to shops or sellers for life. She also relinquished all but six of the dogs in her possession. For their involvement in the incident(s) noted by CAPS, members of Bauck’s family were also fined and disqualified from licensing with the USDA in the future.

Bauck has not released an official comment on the ban, but her attorney, Zenas Baer, said it was a “voluntary surrender of the license on (Bauck’s) part.” Baer said CAPS fabricated evidence during their undercover investigation and that Bauck had been regularly inspected by the USDA without incident.

16 thoughts on “Notorious Mill Breeder Permanently Banned from Selling Pets”

  1. Yes here in America we have the right to be inhumane. There is a story about how in Italy if a person who buried his dog alive is convicted he will be banned from owning an animal again. Why is it here in America we don’t do that. All the Amish puppy mills are operating and profitting off the suffering of innocent animals and still “law makers” and authority types turn a blind eye. Sickening!

    • So agree, Tracey! Working to try to make puppy mills shut down permanently is the only solution. It is sickening and pathetic that these breeding facilities are even allowed to exist here in the States.

  2. The ONLY way this crap will ever end is if the consumer (blind puppy love wannabe pet owners) DOES NOT BUT THEM!
    That is the solution, pure and simple. If there is no consumer, there will be no product. Education is key – don’t let friends, co-workers, family members, colleagues etc…but into that puppy in the window trap.
    These low life dog factories will shut down on their own if they are not making any money. Dogs are not profitable if they don’t sell. Fact.

    • Go to the animal shelter or the dog pound there are so many dogs that need people. Breeders should be shot in the head. And I would do it. Two words that do not belong in the same sentence is “responsible breeder”,There is no such thing.

  3. In response to the posters who think that people should adopt dogs and not purchase them…


    Why? Because I tried adopting a dog. I live in an apartment, so I had to get a dog that was under 25lbs. I want my dog to be with me for a while, so I wanted to adopt a young dog or puppy. Well, I applied and applied and applied to adopt quite a few dogs over the past 10 years, but I DID NOT EVEN GET A RESPONSE from the pound and/or rescues!!! Why? Because I was not a previous pet owner and I did not have a vet reference/history!

    So, finally, I bought a dog. No questions. No background check. Nothing. Buying the dog makes it easier for one to become a pet owner. If rescues and shelters made it easier for individuals to adopt or foster pets, breeders would have a hard time getting any business.

    • Anonymous: “Buying the dog [from a breeder] makes it easier to become a pet owner”. Exactly. Meaning anyone, responsible or not, can own a dog. Then decide when its too big or hyper to leave it at the shelter. Or worse, on the side of the road. The shelter does background checks so these people don’t adopt only to bring them back. If you had a reference from an animal professional (maybe by volunteering to learn about animals) maybe it would have been coherent with the shelters. By the way shelters have tons of young dogs and puppies.

      • So no shelter dogs ever get returned? As if.

        Some shelters/rescues have way too many stipulations. If you ever turned an animal in, you can’t adopt. If you own any unaltered animal (even of another species), you can’t adopt. If you have children of a certain age, you can’t adopt. No air conditioning? No dog.

        And they wonder why people buy.

  4. Why on earth would they allow this monster to keep 6 dogs? WTH is wong with people? They know she tortured dogs!
    There was no mention if the dogs she was allowed to keep were spayed or neutered, or did I miss that? I just don’t get the mentality of the officials in this.
    She’ll be back. In another city or state, but she’ll be back, sadly.

  5. The person who said they bought from a breeder is EXACTLY right…….SOOO many of these shelters and “rescues” make it so difficult to adopt a pet that people just give up with them and then those animals end up being killed because of it.
    Sometimes I really wonder if they really care at all or if they’re just feeding their ego and couldn’t care less about what happens to the animals.
    This is SO SICKENING!!!!!!!
    I wish more SANE people would be incharge of adopting out pets!!!

  6. To the person who bought from a “breeder” you did not buy from a good one!! The one you bought from is just as bad as the puppy mills.. How do I know this? A GOOD BREEDER will always ask questions. They want to know the kid of home’s their dogs are going to.They have legal contracts that you have to sign and requirements that you have to fallow in order to recive and keep one of their dogs. A GOOD BREEDER will require updates from the dog owner an vets through out the dogs life to make sure it is being properly cared for. That way they know that their dogs are not in abusive homes or ending up in shelters. Rscues make it hard to adopt. Yes they do.Why because the the animals are usually pulled from abusive homes or have been abused when the shelters get them. They do not want the animals going back it to the same situations.
    People need to be educated and laws need to be stricter where animals are concerned.This woman should never have been allowed to keep those dogs and should have been put in prision for what she did. Not get a slap on the wrist for it. Also the USDA should have been doing their job an watching her and how she ran her place. They also need to have a lawsuit brought against them someone there was not doing their job allowing this to go on they are there for just as guithy and should also be charged for the crimes.

  7. Dogs are not interchangeable parts. Most dog owners and prospective dog owners have specific preferences and even specific needs governing their choices of dogs. If there is no dog in any accessible shelter that
    fits someone’s preferences and needs, then that person will turn to a
    breeder. Alternatively, the experienced dog owner might already know that the great majority of the 400 pure breeds in this country are never or very rarely found in shelters. If that person wants one of the approximately 300–350 pure breeds rarely or never found in shelters or
    handled by rescue groups, then that person wil go directly to breeders.

    WHAT is wrong with that? Nothing. What is wrong, very wrong, is to force someone to buy a dog from a shelter or rescue group that really isn’t
    what that person wants, because that dog will just wind up in a shelter
    again….revolving door dogs.

    The other side of that coin is the shelter or rescue group (of which there are many) who refuse to let almost everyone buy their dogs (or cats), because no one is good enough for their intake. And the intake animals
    sit in their cages indefinitely while perfectly good homes await them in vain.

    I wanted to buy a kitten from a cat rescue group doing a street adoptathon
    a few years ago. But, although I could give them dozens of references
    and had cats most of my life, all but one of whom lived in good health to
    old ages, they wouldn’t sell that kitten to me–or any other cat. Why?
    Because my dog wasn’t spayed.

    At least a cat breeder would know that cats and dogs can’t breed together.

    • The rescue group won’t let their dogs live in cage, they live with their foster homes, they were treated much better, in most cases, than their previous home. It’s not easy to get a dog from rescue if you never had a dog, because the inexperience owner has much higher chance to giving up in their dogs later. The rescue group are devoted to their foster dogs, they want to make sure the next family is forever family.
      But there are many many group that don’t have long waiting list will open to first time owners, you have to have a will to adopt! It’s just like buying a car, or house, you have to earn your credit.
      The rescue group is focused on finding the best home for dogs.
      As far as the neuter goes, yes, cat and dog won’t breed, but your dog can breed unwanted puppies with other dog! That is just opposite of rescue.


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