Friday, August 19, 2011

Missouri Puppy Mills: First Canine Cruelty Rescue Under New Law Video

Video of the first puppy mill rescue made as a result of the new Missouri Canine Cruelty Prevention Act.

The Office of the Missouri Attorney General and the Missouri Department of Agriculture partnered with the Humane Society of Missouri Animal Cruelty Task Force to rescue 73 adult dogs and puppies from a breeding facility in Monett, Lawrence County, Missouri.

On June 28 a temporary restraining order was issued against the owner, Linda Brisco, for violations of the Animal Care Facilities Act and the newly enacted Canine Cruelty Prevention Act.

According to inspections by the Missouri Department of Agriculture, Brisco's facility:
  • failed to provide adequate veterinary care to animals in obvious medical distress
  • failed to clean and sanitize the facility, allowing excrement in food receptacles and dirty, muddy drinking water
  • failed to keep sick, aged, or young animals in indoor or sheltered housing facilities
  • failed to equip housing facilities with disposal and drainage systems in order to keep animal waste and water eliminated so the animals stayed dry
  • failed to provide shade for the dogs
  • failed to collect and remove animal waste - in some places feces had accumulated to the point that it was indistinguishable from the flooring
  • failed to provide housing that protected the animals from injury
In addition, the owner routinely used a gunshot as a means of euthanasia, also in violation of the law.
On July 14, 2011, Brisco agreed to surrender all animals to the Humane Society of Missouri, surrender her Missouri Department of Agriculture commercial breeder license and will not operate a dog breeding facility for at least the next 6 yearts.

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