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2009 Year in Review
Handler Mona Thayer of Billings reads “Best Friends: The True Story of the World’s Most Beloved Animal Sanctuary” to Bruno, a dog seized from Linda Kapsa’s kennels. Thayer and other handlers worked to socialize the dogs, most of which were later adopted out.

In January, Ballantine dog breeder Linda Kapsa is charged with two felony counts of aggravated animal cruelty and four related misdemeanor charges after two raids at her property.

About 200 dogs and other animals are taken from Kapsa and kept for months at the MetraPark grounds.

Kapsa later pleads no contest to a single felony charge. She receives a 20-year suspended sentence and is ordered to pay $50 a month in restitution toward the $200,000 in public money spent to care for her animals after they were seized.

Judge Susan Watters also tells the 59-year-old Kapsa that she could keep no more than three dogs, four horses, 20 chickens and 10 goats.

When authorities raided Kapsa’s breeding operation in late 2008, they found 13 dead dogs as well as other dogs needing medical attention. Dogs were crowded in makeshift kennels, and some suffered from exposure and a lack of food and water.

In 2006, Kapsa reached an out-of-court settlement with Yellowstone County after she sued over a forced cleanup of her property.

In 1993, she was ticketed for animal cruelty, and 120 dogs were seized from her property.

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