The new crackdown will force these breeders to apply for federal licenses. Up until now, in Missouri repeat puppy mill offenders have bypassed receiving the federal license.
An adult male pit bull named Zeus was found Aug. 27 in a neighbor’s yard with extensive burns after his owner reported the dog missing near the intersection of Amelia Avenue and Bircher Boulevard.
Humane Society worker suspects animal cruelty, not traffic accidents.
Many Missouri puppy mill owners are repeat offenders and some have dropped their U.S. Department of Agriculture licenses to avoid federal scrutiny and regulations.
Riverbend Humane Society in Jerseyville owner Frank Anderson says that because of the tough economy, the shelter has been taking in large numbers of animals.
It’s another big step in his on-going recovery, Trooper, the pit bull puppy that survived being dragged down an area interstate just before Thanksgiving is leaving the Humane Society office on Macklind Ave.
41-year-old Benetta Johnson of East St. Louis is charged with misdemeanor animal abuse.
Man comes forward with a story for police
More than 40 small dogs and a rabbit have been removed from an unlicensed breeding facility in western Missouri and are now in the care of the Humane Society of Missouri in St. Louis.
The Humane Society says many of the animals taken from the property near Galena are severely underweight and had little access to food or fresh water.