Madness in Montana-Shelter Breeds Dogs and Sues Dog Breeder

Posted on 03/27/2009

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DEPUTY YELLOWSTONE COUNTY ATTORNEY INGRID ROSENQUIST EXPECTS LINDA KAPSA TO PAY FOR COSTS OF DOGS IMPREGNATED WHILE IN STATE/YELLOWSTONE COUNTY CUSTODY
  by MONTANA NEWS ASSOCIATION

Syndicated by: Montana News Donald Cyphers Editor-in-Chief

Billings Mt., March 12, 2009–/MNA PRESS/–Deputy Yellowstone County Attorney Ingrid Rosenquist, on February 19, 2009 petitioned District Court for a Civil Action for an Animal Welfare Hearing regarding the care of the dogs Yellowstone County officials seized from Linda Kapsa’s Shady Lane Kennels. The petition is based on Montana Code Annotated 27-1-434, and specifically requests the Court to find probable cause that the animals exhibited extreme disease, injury, and/or suffering while in Kapsa’s care and also that the Court set a hearing date to determine the viability of the imposition of a bond or security in an amount sufficient to provide for the animals’ care while in the custody of the State.

The cost of the care of Kapsa’s dogs jumped from just under $32,000 as of February 24th, to over $72,000 as of March 13th. The cause of this hike was the receipt of two invoices from Dr. Rob Bruner of Big Sky Pet Center for costs incurred in January: $31,105.35 for Veterinary Services and $1,045.00 for boarding.

Other costs are mounting, due to puppies being born. According to a Billings Gazette article written by Laura Tode, published on March 11, 2009, twelve of Kapsa’s dogs are pregnant.

This development brings up an interesting point. The gestation period for dogs is sixty-three (63) days – nine weeks – or less. Yellowstone County officials raided Kapsa’s Shady Lane Kennels in Ballantine, MT, for the second time, on December 30, 2008. As of the publication date of Tode’s Billings Gazette article, Kapsa’s dogs had been in the custody of the State/County for over ten weeks. This means that the dogs that are pregnant, at this point, were impregnated while under the County’s care.

How is it that Deputy Yellowstone County Attorney Ingrid Rosenquist is petitioning the Court to charge Kapsa for the needless cost of new puppies of dogs that got impregnated while under State/County custody? How can these costs possibly be Kapsa’s responsibility? Are they not, rather, the responsibility of Yellowstone County Animal Control and Humane Society officials, who did not handle the dogs responsibly by immediately separating them, after they seized them from Shady Lane Kennels? Twelve dogs are still pregnant, which means they had to have been impregnated at least two weeks after having been taken into State/County custody. Therefore, all the ensuing costs of the litters of those dogs cannot and should not be levied against Kapsa.

Was the petition for an Animal Welfare Hearing an end run by Rosenquist, who has shown her ethics to be in question through her inappropriate legislative testimony, to attempt to levy fraudulent costs against Linda Kapsa? The cost of the County’s mismanagement of this case should not be laid at Kapsa’s door.

MORE ON INGRID ROSENQUIST:

http://www.montanasnews.tv/articles.php?mode=view&id=14101
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