Thursday, August 18, 2011

Missouri Puppy Mills: Stump Farms Puppies Lawsuit

Attorney General Chris Koster, in cooperation with the Missouri Department of Agriculture, filed suit on August 12, 2011, against Cynthia Stump for violations of the Animal Care Facilities Act (ACFA).

Koster said Stump owns Stump Farms Puppies, a commercial breeder/dealer facility located in Lancaster, Missouri.  The law requires that such operations have a valid ACFA license and that the license be renewed annually.  A Missouri Department of Agriculture inspection revealed that Stump had failed to renew her license and was selling dogs and operating the breeding facility unlawfully.

Koster is asking the court to issue a temporary restraining order and permanent injunction prohibiting Stump from further violations of the Animal Care Facilities Act;  issue a temporary restraining order prohibiting Stump from continuing to breed or sell animals until further order of the court; assess a civil penalty; and require the defendant to pay court costs.

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