Moser Kennel, a Monett dog breeding facility, owned by Linda Brisco, has been shut down through a temporary restraining order issued Tuesday by Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster in cooperation with the Missouri Department of Agriculture.
The closing is due to alleged violations of Missouri's Animal Care Facilities Act and Canine Cruelty Prevention Act.
The lawsuit marks the first case in which Koster is able to use the force and effect of S.B. 161, sometimes referred to as the Missouri Solution Bill, enacted by the General Assembly this April as an amendment to Proposition B.
Koster said Brisco owns Moser Kennel, a commercial breeder facility located in Monett. Missouri Department of Agriculture inspections of the facility uncovered numerous violations of the law. The lawsuit claims that Brisco:
* Failed to provide adequate veterinary care to animals who were 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 is was indistinguishable from the flooring; and
* Failed to provide housing that protected the animals from injury.
In addition, Brisco routinely used a gunshot as a means of euthanasia, also a violation of the law.
Koster said the court issued a temporary restraining order prohibiting Brisco from operating her breeding facility in violation of state law and requiring Brisco to allow Missouri Department of Agriculture employees to inspect her dogs and puppies in preparation for the trial. Koster is seeking a permanent order requiring Brisco to shut down Moser Kennel and pay court costs and civil penalties for past violations.
S.B. 161 gives Koster expanded enforcement authority against commercial breeders who fail to abide by the tougher standards imposed by Missouri citizens through Proposition B.
"We have an obligation to protect the well-being of animals, and Missouri has recognized that obligation by passing laws outlining acceptable standards for breeders and commercial pet dealers," Koster said. "This office will diligently continue to see that those laws are enforced."
Brisco could not be reached for comment, although attempts were made.