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Michigan Ties to Notorious Mega Mill, now shut down

From: Pam
Sent on: Wednesday, November 2, 2011 7:42 AM

Animal Folk MN’s investigation revealed that The Family Puppy (aka The Family of Pets) pet store chain purchased puppies from one of the largest breeders in Minnesota – who was caught shipping dogs to a meat market!!!

November 2008 - Family of Pets (Novi, MI) - 22 in shipment. 

We are pending more shipment records from the Animal Folk MN archive as we know that The Family Puppy had a relation with Bauck going back to at least 2005 – per the Detroit Free Press article  

Metro stores sell stock from breeders cited for violations 

Family of Pets also bought more than 50 puppies last year from Pick of the Litter, a Minnesota breeder cited by the USDA in January for broken, substandard and overcrowded cages; animals exposed to wind and rain; dirty feeding and water bowls, and no proof of veterinary care.”


Fowarding from Animal Folk MN:


NEWS: USDA permanently revokes license for Minnesota dog breeder Kathy Bauck

Breeder ordered to donate or sell all dogs, except six total



For those not familiar with this dog breeder, Kathy Bauck was one of the largest dog breeders/brokers in Minnesota.

At one time, her kennel (Pick Of The Litter, aka Puppies On Wheels) housed over 1,300 dogs and puppies. For over 25 years, she was licensed and inspected by the USDA-APHIS. She was convicted of animal torture in 2009.


The agreement (called a Consent Decision) specified the following:


  • License revoked: Kathy Bauck's Animal Welfare Act (AWA) license is revoked and she is permanently disqualified from obtaining an AWA license or registration. This also applies to her husband, Allan Bauck.
  • Cease and Desist: Kathy and Allan Bauck shall cease and desist from violating the Animal Welfare Act, and stop any activity for which an AWA license is required.
  • Donate/sell animals: Kathy and Allan Bauck were required to sell or donate the animals under their custody or control or on any of their premises. If the animals weren't sold or donated by September 9, then they would be donated to an animal rescue group or other animal facility (approved by APHIS) before September 12, 2011. They were allowed to keep six dogs total, of which three can be intact females.
  • $100,000 penalty: Kathy and Allan Bauck were assessed a civil penalty of $100,000, of which $5,000 was to be paid within 25 days of the Order and the remaining $95,000 would be held in abeyance - which means, if they do not comply with the Order, they would have to pay the $95,000.
  • Enforcement: The Secretary of Agriculture retains jurisdiction of this matter to enforce the terms of this Consent Decision, and ensure compliances.

Note: The above also applies to their corporation called Pine Lake Enterprises. A separate Consent Decision was made for Bauck's daughter, Corinne Peters, and sister, Janet Jesuit, both of whom participated in the business. They, too, are disqualified from holding an Animal Welfare Act license. Peggy Weise, another dog breeder, was included in the complaint; her case was dismissed, but may be under appeal. For copies of the Consent Decisions, go to: News: Recent Status



For over 15 years, Minnesotans (and non-Minnesotans) have filed complaints with local, state and federal authorities claiming or suspecting animal abuse at Kathy Bauck's kennel. This collective and persistent effort has raised awareness about this dog breeder and about puppy mills in general.

The undercover investigation by the Companion Animal Protection Society (CAPS), in particular, was invaluable in documenting and exposing animal cruelty at Pick Of The Litter - which led to a jury finding Bauck guilty of animal torture in 2009. Unfortunately, no animals were seized at that time and Bauck was allowed to continue breeding and selling dogs.

In 2010, the USDA terminated Bauck's AWA license for two years. But her kennel did not shut down. The Animal Welfare Act only licenses breeders/brokers who sell wholesale, such as to pet stores. So Kathy Bauck continued selling puppies and dogs through retail - such as through the Internet, from ads, or from her kennel.

But this breeder also did more than that.


During and following the trial, Animal Folks MN tracked Bauck's pet sales and found evidence that this breeder had, again, violated the Animal Welfare Act. Specifically, Kathy and Allan Bauck continued to sell dogs and puppies to pet stores - even

though this was in violation of her license termination. Bauck shipped nearly 1,400 puppies to New York pet stores between August 2010 and August 2011.

Animal Folks MN submitted this evidence to the USDA as a formal complaint, and collaborated with Companion Animal Protection Society (
CAPS) who had submitted their investigative reports and video of Bauck's animal cruelty to the USDA.

For further details, go to Animal Folks MN: issue > breeder: Kathy Bauck



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September 14, 2011, an agreement was reached between the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and Minnesota dog breeder Kathy Bauck that would permanently revoke her Animal Welfare Act (AWA) license.










Kathy Bauck is a dog breeder/broker located in Pine Lake Township in Otter Tail County, Minnesota. She and her family produced and sold thousands of puppies yearly to pet stores throughout the United States, as well as through websites.


Photo credit Companion Animal Protection Society (CAPS). As recorded on the CAPS undercover

video, Bauck says, in regards to the wound,"I can't hardly sew it up, gonna have to heal."


Dog breeder Kathy Bauck (Pick Of The Litter/Puppies On Wheels):


This case is complex, but not unique

This story illustrates how some commercial dog breeders commit animal cruelty and yet are allowed to profit from this behavior.

But, with Bauck's license revocation, this story also proves how all of our energy - our combined tenacity and commitment - will help protect animals.


* To learn more about this breeder, go to: issue > breeder: kathy bauck

* To support our research and enforcement efforts, go to: donate





When animals are transported across state lines, a Certificate of Veterinary Inspection (CVI) is required, such as the example below. These health certificates show where the animal is going and from whom, as well as other information.  

Following her license termination, Animal Folks MN found that Kathy Bauck

shipped nearly 1,400 puppies out of state. (The Certificate above uses one of Bauck's aliases, New York Kennel Club, as the "consignor;" her husband, Allan, who did not have a USDA license, signed some of the certificates.) Most of the puppy shipments were to New York pet stores - in violation of the Animal Welfare Act. These New Yorkpet stores included: 

  • Puppy Harmony
  • Puppy Love
  • Zoo Rama, Inc.
  • Perfect Puppy
  • Saddle Lane
  • Island Puppies
  • New York Kennel Club
  • Canine Culture Center


Copies of these certificates can be found at: Pet Store Sales


When researching these health certificates, Animal Folks MN has found that, at times, information is incomplete or, in some cases, inaccurate, misleading or false. For instance, on some certificates the location listed (for delivery of the puppies) was a P.O. Box. Also, aliases were used making it more difficult to track the original consignor. In addition to Allan Bauck's signature, Kathy Bauck used the names Kathy Bauck, Kathy Cole, K.J. Cole, New York Kennel, and New York Kennel Club.


NOTE: All dogs listed on CVIs must be inspected by the breeder's veterinarian; and then signed by that veterinarian prior to the animals being shipped.



Some of the health certificates (12 separate shipments with a total of 168 puppies) went to the Canine Culture Center. The "consignee" address written on these certificates was 36 East Broadway, New York, New York 10002 (See "consignee" name and address written on the certificate above; other zipcodes listed on the CVIs to this location were 11002 and 10020 for this same address.)

This address is not a pet store; the location is the Dak Cheong Meat Market. (Google: 36 East Broadway, New York, New York 10002). It is unclear if the animals were delivered to this location or to another destination. Animal Folks MN submitted the information to the USDA and other authorities to investigate.

The WCCO 4 I-TEAM also investigated this matter:




The majority of the dog breeds shipped to this location were Siberian Huskies. Other breeds included Golden Retriever, Beagle, American Eskimo, Goldendoodle, Cockapoo, King Charles x Maltese, Husky x Amer. Eskimo, King x Poodle, Labrador Retriever, Shih x Bichon, King Charles x Cocker, Cocker x Bichon, and Pekingese.

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