Jefferson City, MO – Dogs kept “for profit’ by backyard breeders and puppy mill organizations are often subjected to unsanitary, cruel conditions.
One breeder in Ray County is currently facing a lawsuit for conditions which violate the state’s new animal cruelty law.
Attorney General Chris Koster, in cooperation with the Missouri Department of Agriculture, has issued a lawsuit against Jeannine Julian, owner of JJ Kennel, for numerous violations found at her dog breeding operation.
Among the list of violations are keeping dogs in complete darkness, failing to provide veterinary care, refusing state inspections and failure to remove excess waste (feces and urine) in the dogs’ primary housing enclosures.
According to the Attorney General’s news release,
Koster is asking the court to issue injunctions and a temporary restraining order prohibiting Julian from any further violations of the Animal Care Facilities Act or the Canine Cruelty Prevention Act and from conducting any commercial breeding activity until further order of the court; assess a $100 ACFA license reinspection fee; assess a civil penalty of up to $1,000 per violation of the Animal Care Facilities Act; and pay court costs.
This lawsuit marks the third case in which the Attorney General has been able to use the force and effect of the Canine Cruelty Prevention Act which was approved by the Missouri legislature and signed into law by Governor Jay Nixon on April 27, 2011.
The Attorney General reports,
“We have an obligation to protect the wellbeing of animals, and Missouri has recognized that obligation by passing laws outlining acceptable standards for pet breeders and commercial pet dealers,” Koster said. “This office will diligently continue to see that those laws are enforced.”
Unti the day comes that large scale breeding operations can be eliminated (if, in fact, that day ever will come) this is a step in the right direction.
AG News Release
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