Missouri Puppy Mill Shut Down
VERONA, Mo. (KMOX) — Animal care inspectors from the Missouri Department of Agriculture remove 18 dogs from Charles Etenburn’s commercial breeding facility, C.E. Kennel, Monday. The dogs included Pekingese, Poodles and American Bulldogs from the commercial breeder in Verona, Mo.
The breeder had repeatedly failed recent inspections by the Missouri Department of Agriculture. The owner was unable to meet the requirements of the Canine Cruelty Prevention Act for kennel space, flooring and unfettered access to the outside.
One of the dogs is blind; several appeared to have eye problems and matted coats. As soon as they are healthy, as many of the dogs as possible will be made available for adoption.
The breeder has been in trouble with the state, in March, Etenburn entered into a settlement with the Missouri Department of Agriculture and the Missouri Attorney General’s Office, indicating that he would close his commercial breeding facility after not renewing his commercial breeder’s license in 2012.
On April 13, Etenburn notified Animal Care Program staff that he would surrender his animals to the Department. The dogs were placed with licensed shelters and rescues in Missouri, including the Humane Society of Missouri. The animals were transported from the Lawrence County property to St. Louis.
Etenburn must now refrain from owning or operating any business subject to the Animal Care Facilities Act (ACFA) and the Canine Cruelty Prevention Act (CCPA) for 10 years and pay a $500 fine.
Etenburn is also subject to an additional $2,850 fine should he violate the ACFA or CCPA during that time.
Since January 2009, actions taken by the Department have resulted in more than 5,600 dogs being removed from substandard conditions and placed with licensed shelters and rescue organizations.