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The home where Caledonia Police say they discovered Debra Gray, former owner of Orphan Kanines, assisting in illegal surgeries on animals had just been granted a kennel license in August by the village.

The home at 4747 County Highway H belongs to Marilyn Checki, Gray’s mother, which her daughter Ravann LaQuran rents from her.

LaQuran applied for and received a kennel license from the village on August 18 to have five dogs on the property, according to the village.

During the licensing process police came to inspect the home, but LaQuran’s boyfriend denied police access to the home telling them that Gray’s mother would need to give permission for the property to be checked. At the time, Gray’s mother Marilyn Checki questioned why the police needed to walk through the home and told the committee that “they were being singled-out because of her daughter operating Orphan Kanines.”

Here are the Caledonia Legislative and licensing meeting minutes.

An officer with the Caledonia Police Department did inspect LaQuran’s home during the kennel licensing process in August, but they did not find any cause to deny the license and the committee approved the license.

No charges have been filed against LaQuran or Checki.

However, Caledonia Police are still conducting an investigation, said Racine County District Attorney Rich Chiapete.

Caledonia village president Bob Bradley said the village did pay a lot of attention LaQuran’s request to have a kennel license, but there wasn’t cause to deny it at the time and they couldn’t deny it just because LaQuran was Gray’s daughter.

“I imagine thought that the legislative and licensing committee will need to take a look at this again, but the police force is still doing their job,” Bradley said. “Still, we’re on top on this situation. We’ve also changed the ordinance and we’re doing our due diligence on this.”

According to the criminal complaint, a tip led Caledonia police on Monday to execute a search warrant at LaQuran’s residence for a report of illegal surgical procedures being performed there on animals. When officers arrived, they found veterinarian Mary Pratt performing an operation on a cat while Gray kept track of its vital signs.

Police say mail found on scene and an interview with LaQuran showed invoices addressed to Orphaned Canines Wellness Clinic at the home’s address. During questioning, Pratt told police she performed hundreds of operations in the basement of the home and that since Gray’s arrest last spring she has completed at least ten procedures there, the complaint reads.

Gray is charged with seven counts of misdemeanor bail jumping and two misdemeanor counts of illegally obtaining a prescription for allegedly assisting Veterinarian Mary Pratt will illegal surgeries on animals. If convicted, she faces up to 5-1/2 years in jail and/or up to $61,000 in fines.

Pratt, 65, of New Berlin, was charged with four misdemeanor counts of bail jumping. If convicted, she faces up to 36 months in jail and/or up to $40,000 in fines.

This was after she was charged with 171 counts of animal cruelty and keeping animals in unsafe conditions she’s facing after nearly 100 animals were rescued in May from the Orphan Kanines facility, 1922 Kremer Ave., in Caledonia and two residences.

 

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Denise Lockwood has an extensive background in traditional and non-traditional media. She has written for Patch.com, the Milwaukee Business Journal, Milwaukee Magazine and the Kenosha News.