Another Breeder Another Restraining Order

Attorney General Koster's office has filed another restraining order, this time against Moser Kennel, owned by a Linda Brisco.

According to the CBS story:

Attorney General Chris Koster says state inspections of Brisco’s kennels revealed excrement in the food and muddy drinking water; feces piled so high in some enclosures, inspectors couldn’t see the flooring; sick, aging or young animals kept in outdoor kennels without appropriate shelter; and animals in distress given no veterinary care.

Plus, Koster alleges the owner used a shotgun to put the animals down — a practice prohibited by state law.

Decision on Unlicensed Breeder

Following is the judgment in Case.net regarding Shirley Gilbert, aka Wolfgang's Puppies and Gee Gee's Yorkies:

COUNSEL AGREE TO RESPONDENT TO GO OUT OF BUSINESS FOR 6 YEARS, TO DISPOSE WITH DOGS ON 6-30-11 AND RELEASE TO PETITIONER TO A RESCUE AGENCY. RESPONDENT TO HARBOR NO MORE THAN 3 DOGS & REMOVE ALL ADVERTISEMENTS AND REFRAIN FROM ALL ACTS NOT ALLOWED BY NON LICENSED AGENCY. $500 CIVIL PENALTY, $1000 INVESTIGATIVE COSTS & $200 RESTITUTION. JUDGMENT ENTERED AGAINST RESPONDENT. FORMAL JUDGMENT TO BE SUPPLIED WITH 30 DAYS.

Stripping away the legal language, Shirley Gilbert can no longer sell puppies, and she has to give up all but three of her dogs to a rescue organization.

Unlicensed Breeder Court Date Extended

According to Case.net, the case against Shirley Gilbert for violations of the Animal Welfare Act has been extended to June 24th. This means that the dogs continue in Gilbert's custody for at least another two weeks.

Oh, yeah, this filing a restraining order as a way of ensuring care for dogs in licensed and unlicensed facilities is really working out. I'm sure the dogs in appalling conditions are thrilled that the wheels of justice regarding their welfare are spinning slowly.

Governor Nixon had a dog and dog show at the Humane Society of Missouri this week about the "Missouri Solution". I'll have more on this next week, as well as kicking off an entirely new and expanded set of Kennel Campaigns.

Joplin Update: the sweet and the sour

It does a heart good to see how much support and help Joplin is getting. The town needs it, too, because it has suffered through so much pain this week.

The Joplin Humane Society Animal Adoption and Resource Center is doing an outstanding job, with the help of the ASPCA, HSMO, HSUS, and American Humane Association. At last count, the organizations have rescued 573 pets and reunited 147 with their owners.

The Joplin Tornado

No matter how many stories I read or photos I see, I continue to be shocked, daily, at the destruction in Joplin, Missouri.

If you want to help, there are several good relief agencies you can donate to. Since this is a site about dogs, if you want to help the pets in Joplin, I recommend donating to the Joplin Humane Society. You can also help the society by purchasing items on an Amazon Wish list set up for just this disaster.

Koster's Handling of Unlicensed Facility demonstrates failures in laws

Chris Koster, Missouri Attorney General, has published another press release about a court injunction against an unlicensed breeder. His office states that the breeder violates several ACFA regulations:

S & S Family Puppies: "Good" and Bad News

CBS has announced that the Missouri Attorney General has closed down S & S Family Puppies in Milan, Missouri. S & S Family Puppies was the top of the list in the Missouri Dirty Dozen report.

I can't find any official announcement at the Attorney General's web site. Nor is there a history of this item being taken to court. In fact, the news may not be as good as it sounds, as noted in a comment to the CBS story (update Did find information on court case, and copy of consent decree, as noted at end of story):

WAIT. THE FACILITY IS SHUT DOWN BUT THE DOGS ARE NOT SAFE! THEY ARE JUST BEING MOVED. READ BELOW (from today’s HSUS email). It’s disgusting.

The Voter Protection Act

Inspired, in part, by the repeal of Proposition B (not to mention the modification and/or repeal of several other voter initiatives), the Voter Protection Act would modify the state Constitution to require a three-fourths majority vote to modify a citizen initiative.

Missouri is one of only ten states where the legislature can turn around and modify or even complete gut a voter initiative. And, as we saw in the recent legislative session, far too many of our elected officials are more interested in placating special interests than in actually implementing the will of the people.

The Secretary of State has vetted the language of the bill, which means the next step is gathering signatures. If you're interested in helping, you can volunteer at the Voter Protection Alliance web site.

Senator Munzlinger responds about Rabbit Ridge

A fellow Missourian, Taunia Adams, emailed Senator Munzlinger, the state Senator for the Rabbit Ridge kennel district, about the kennel. Following in his response to her:

You are right in assuming that I do not advocate for animal cruelty. I read this blog post and did some investigating. I spoke with the Director's office at the Department of Agriculture (MDA) and they performed an on-site investigation on May 12 at the Rabbit Ridge Kennel. According to the MDA, there was one very minor violation. Other than that, everything was in order. The blog post cites previous USDA inspections. I'm sure you're aware that the Federal government is out of my jurisdiction and I'm not an expert on their inspection standards or punitive policies.

HSUS and Local shelters file suit

HSUS joined with the Dogwood Animal Shelter in Osage and Stray Rescue in St. Louis to file a lawsuit to block new fees for shelters.

When the Animal Care Facilities Act was passed in the early 1990s, municipal pounds and shelters were exempt from paying fees. The reason why should be obvious: these organizations don't profit for every animal they process. In fact, the opposite occurs, as each organization has to expend money for processing the animal—sometimes a significant amount of money if the dog or cat is from a rescue and is in bad shape. In addition, unlike commercial breeders, these organizations also provide a service to the community by helping to remove unwanted dogs and cats from the streets, including the too many dogs dumped into the animal rescue infrastructure by callous and uncaring large scale dog breeders.

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