Late last year, researchers at The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) spent weeks poring over state and federal inspection reports, investigators’ photographs, and enforcement records to compile a list of some of the worst puppy mills in Missouri, known as “Missouri’s Dirty Dozen.” The report included direct quotes detailing horrific care violations documented in the facilities’ federal and/or state kennel inspection reports The violations included thin-coated breeds like Italian greyhounds found shivering in the cold in temperatures as low as 9 degrees, dogs with open, oozing or bleeding sores, underweight dogs with their entire skeletal structures showing, and sick or dying puppies who had not been treated by a vet.
March 9, 2011, the HSUS released an update to this report. The majority of the Missouri Dirty Dozen kennels are still state licensed and in operation. On the same day, the Missouri Senate voted 20 - 14 to repeal Prop B, the Puppy Mill Cruelty Prevention Act. The Missouri House will vote on this issue soon.
If there is any doubt in your mind that MO Prop B, as written and passed by voters last November, is needed and provides essential protection for dogs, please read below for details from the Dirty Dozen update.
B & B Kennel, Beverly Fields
Beverly Fields, B & B Kennel in Galt, MO, had her USDA license canceled in December 2010, but still holds an active Missouri state kennel license in 2011. Fields, an early contributor to MoFed PAC, a group that opposed Prop B, the Puppy Mill Cruelty Prevention Act, had good reason to fear better oversight of the kennel industry. Her record includes a long list of violations for inadequate veterinary care and dogs with inadequate protection from the cold, including some found outside in temperatures as low as 9 degrees, according to federal and state inspection reports. Serious care vilations included dogs with untreated injuries, oozing sores, inadequate space, dogs caked in feces, and many violations for housing in severe disrepair and sanitation problems,.
Although her USDA license was canceled in December, Beverly Fields is still state licensed as of Febru8ary 2011. Now that she no longer holds a USDA license, Fields cannot legally sell puppies to brokers or pet stores. However, as long as her Missouri state kennel license is current, Fields can resume or continue breeding and selling dogs directly to the public at any time.