ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOX) – “Feces stuck in fur on head and neck and legs. Hey baby, let’s see your mouth. Good girl!” A humane society veterinarian assesses a four week old Beagle puppy. Moments earlier, the pup’s mama was found to have heart problems and skin problems, and also had waste matted in her fur.
They’re just two of more than 70 animals surrendered by a southwest Missouri breeder.
State agriculture officials cited filthy conditions at Linda Brisco’s “Moser Kennel” in Lawrence County, including feces in food dishes and feces piled so high inspectors couldn’t see the flooring. State reports also reveal sick, aging or young animals were kept in outdoor kennels without appropriate shelter and animals in distress were given no veterinary care.
Plus Attorney General Chris Koster says the owner routinely used a shotgun to put the animals down – a practice prohibited by state law.
It’s the first case pursued under the state’s new rules passed this year governing Missouri’s massive dog breeding industry.
Problems were noted last summer at the facility. An inspection this year revealed more issues. Koster told reporters at Humane Society of Missouri headquarters in St. Louis Thursday afternoon that his office wouldn’t have able to pursue the case this aggressively without the new law. “We’re able to sue the breeder for violations that she had previously committed, we can now seek civil penalties against violators of our dog breeding laws, and obtain injunctions to prevent future violations.”
A court issued a temporary restraining order against Brisco in late June. Now the AG’s office says she’s agreed to surrender all animals to the Humane Society of Missouri, to forfeit her commercial breeder license, and to leave the business for at least six years.
The new head of the AG’s Canine Cruelty Prevention Unit, Jessica Blome, says a dozen more cases are being investigated and another lawsuit is likely next week.
The dogs pulled out of a rescue trailer at included Cocker Spaniels, Labradors, American Eskimos, Poodles, Beagles, Papillons and Brussels Griffons. Humane Society staff are in the process of assessing their health.
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