Brian Kubic gets probation for animal cruelty at Thornton pet store, Jurassic Pets

Posted at 6:12 AM, Jun 30, 2016
and last updated 2016-06-30 08:12:04-04

A man who pleaded guilty in a case of animal cruelty at a Thornton reptile shop has been sentenced to a year of probation.

The Denver Post reports 22-year-old Brian Kubic was sentenced Wednesday after previously pleading guilty to misdemeanor animal cruelty.

As a condition of Kubic's probation, Adams County Judge Brian Bowen ordered that Kubic is not to work with animals unless he receives training or education in that kind of work.

Prosecutors say kittens, hedgehogs, reptiles and rodents at Jurassic Pets in Thornton were confined in unsanitary conditions without food, water and veterinary care. Some of the animals died and others were euthanized after the shop was raided.

Kubic's father, Kenneth Kubic, was convicted in May of 18 counts of cruelty to animals; and his mother, Lynn Kubic, pleaded guilty to misdemeanor animal cruelty.

During Kenneth Kubic's trial, one customer said her son cried when he saw how the animals lived. Denver Zoo vice president Scott Larson testified that some of the creatures were so dehydrated they had to be put down.

Jurassic Pets continues to operate two stores — the one raided by police in Thornton and another in Lakewood.