New charges for Debra Gray after “deplorable” conditions found at “Orphan Kanines”

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RACINE COUNTY (WITI) -- Out on bond in a case in which she faces 171 misdemeanor charges related to conditions discovered inside the "Orphan Kanines" facility in Caledonia, FOX6 News has learned 56-year-old Debra Gray is back in jail -- facing new charges in a separate case.

The new case, filed on Tuesday, November 11th charges Debra Gray with six misdemeanor counts of bail jumping and two misdemeanor counts of possession of an illegally obtained prescription.

Debra Gray

Debra Gray

Early this summer, officials raided the Orphan Kanines facility in Caledonia and two of Gray's residences (one in Caledonia, and one in Racine). Animals were seized from Orphan Kanines and Gray's residences after officials found conditions "hazardous to both humans and animals alike."

Gray posted $5,000 bond in that case, and signed away her rights to the animals. She was released from custody on the conditions that she not possess any domestic animals.

A criminal complaint filed against Gray on Tuesday, November 11th says on November 10th, officials executed a search warrant on a residence on Highway H in the Village of Caledonia -- Gray's  mother's home.

There, the complaint indicates officials found a veterinarian conducting a surgical procedure on a cat in a makeshift surgical room. Officials observed surgical lights held up by bent metal hangers, and the ceiling tiles above the surgical table open -- exposing spider webs, dust and open wiring. Officials also found many bottles of medication, needles and other surgical supplies throughout the basement.

Police found Debra Gray in that basement as the surgery was taking place -- monitoring vital signs on a log sheet. Officials say Gray wasn't wearing surgical attire or a mask.

The complaint says no medical license was displayed in the surgical space.

Officials allowed the veterinarian to finish the surgery -- but when she asked to complete a second scheduled surgery, officials said no.

The complaint says four cats were observed in the general area of the operating room. The Wisconsin Humane Society tells FOX6 News four cats are now in their care.

Police spoke with a "cooperating citizen" who informed them that Gray still owns three cats that are kept at the property -- despite the fact that the condition of her bail stated she was to possess no animals.

Police spoke with the veterinarian, who told them she has been performing "hundreds" of spay and neuter procedures at the residence -- saying Gray handles the scheduling and billing -- paying the veterinarian $40 per spay/neuter, according to the complaint.

The complaint says the veterinarian told police she "hadn't given much thought to Gray's bail restriction," but said Gray was always operating under her direction during the surgeries.

The veterinarian told police the equipment discovered in the makeshift surgical room belonged to Gray's daughter, according to the complaint.

Police discovered an invoice in the basement dated October 31st, and addressed to "Orphaned Canines Wellness Clinic."

Police found multiple medications, including controlled narcotics in the residence -- and no prescriptions were located for any of the medications. Police also failed to locate any licenses to possess the controlled substances for veterinary purposes -- according to the complaint.

Mary Pratt

Mary Pratt

The veterinarian, 65-year-old Mary Pratt of New Berlin faces four misdemeanor bail jumping charges.

In the case involving Orphan Kanines -- Gray has a December 22nd court date. She faces 85 misdemeanor charges of intentionally mistreating animals, one misdemeanor charge of operating an animal shelter without a license, and 85 charges of failing to provide proper shelter/sanitation for animals.

Debra Gray was convicted of felony child abuse back in 1993.

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11 comments

  • Ziggy's Mom

    Dr. Pratt, your former clients support you. I can imagine that you were only doing the right thing by these cats, providing spay and neuter services to someone who wouldn’t otherwise spay or neuter, perhaps because of the cost. Despite that fact that you broke the law, I believe your heart was in the right place.

    • MJR

      seriously? you think she was doing the right thing? illegal surgical procedures in a filthy, disgusting environment? There’s a clinic in Sun Prairie that does the same thing for the same cost and in a sterile environment! IF YOU cannot afford to properly care for an animal, then DON”T get one or 20!!!!!!!!!!!!

      • cindy

        Filthy? Where do you get filthy? Did you make it up? Illegal procedures? Why is a cat spay illegal. Next the Racine DA will be arresting farm vets for castrating pigs on the farm. This is absurd.

      • Ziggy's Mom

        Yes, I do think she was trying to do the right thing. I really do. I do not excuse Debra Grey for her hoarding or actions, however. I think she’s probably got big problems.

        Also, I work directly with unwanted and homeless animals. There’s my perspective. Not that I owe commenters on a conservative ‘news’ site any explanation.

        Feel outraged? Do I upset you? Show your anger by donating or volunteering at your local Humane Society/animal shelter.

    • cindy

      There is absolutely nothing illegal about neutering cats in a basement. As for taking cats to the Spayme Clinic in Sun Prairie. Think again. Many cat shelters are no longer using the Spayme Clinic because of the infections and deaths that have resulted from their sloppy spays and neuters. We took several dogs to them. One died in their van on the way to their clinic. They lost the other one when they were removing the dogs from their van. I will take the basement…thank you.

    • regretavet

      “Despite the fact that you broke the law, I believe your heart was in the right place.” Are you insane? Not to mention who she was teamed up with dirt bag Debra Gray! And do you know how many spay/neuters this vile pig performed? You ARE obviously trailer trash and I must say Dr. Mary Pratt looks like she’s a “tweaker!”

      • Ziggy's Mom

        It’s easy to hide behind anonymous internet handles and defame a person, isn’t it.

        How much money do you give to local Humane Societies and (legitimate) animal shelter? How many hours do you log volunteering at same? You tell me yours, I’ll tell you mine.

        Dr. Pratt is not a tweaker. I believe she was trying to help mitigate a terrible situation. I do not agree with Debra Grey’s hoarding of animals. I think Dr. Pratt was probably trying to help make that stop.

        Read. Listen. Understand.

  • MJR

    THE CHARGES OBVIOUSLY SPEAK VOLUMES. I RESCUE, I DONATE , I CARE, DOING THE RIGHT THING WOULD BE GOING TO A VET CLINIC, LICENSED AND REPUTABLE. BUT THE RIGHT THING IS IF I COULD NOT AFFORD TO PROPERLY CARE FOR, FEED, WATER, KEEP IN MY HOME OR CLEAN, SANITARY SHELTERS, THEN I WOULD NOT PUT AN ANIMAL IN THAT SITUATION, THAT IS WHAT IS SELFISHLY WRONG. IT IS PROVEN BY PHYCOLOGIST, WHEN SOMEONE ABUSERS OR NEGLECT ANIMALS, IT DOESN’T STOP WITH ANIMALS, THEY MOVE ON TO HUMANS. FACTS ARE FACTS WITH THIS CASE.

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