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Former Jurassic Pets owners receive new cruelty to animal charges

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By Andrea Tritschler

Adams County residents Mark Kubic and Lynn Kubic were charged recently with 72 new felonies related to cruelty to animals.

Officials recently found more than 50 dead animals and more than 2,000 others surrounded by filth and waste in the Kubic family basement during a compliance check on the home, which is in unincorporated Adams County.

They found more than 500 live hedgehogs, sugar gliders, snakes and other reptiles, along with dead hedgehogs and snakes. The animals were housed in rows of shelving units and tubs, according to reports.

Police arrested the Kubics and released them on $1,500 bonds on Thursday, Aug. 31. The new charges are Class 6 felonies, each of which is punishable by one year to 18 months in prison and fines of $1,000 to $100,000.

In January 2015, a judge banned the Kubics from operating a “rodent factory” without a license, after an expose from the nonprofit group People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals showed mistreatment.

The couple was charged and convicted of misdemeanor cruelty to animals counts last year after the search of the now-defunct pet store, Jurassic Pets in Thornton, according to officials at the 17th District Attorney’s office.

The Kubics and their son, Brian James Kubic, a manager at Jurassic Pets, were each sentenced to one year probation and required to pay more than $1,000 in fines at the time. The Colorado Department of Agriculture ordered the family to “stop all business activity” in its stores.

Mark and Lynn Kubic are scheduled to appear in Adams County District Court on Monday, Nov. 27.