Missouri’s Attorney General files lawsuit against Hickory County dog breeder

JEFFERSON CITY, Missouri (KY3) – Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt filed a lawsuit to halt a dog breeder’s business in Hickory County for not operating it under a license.

The attorney general says Laurie Lund of Cridder Creek Kennel has faced multiple violations of the Animal Care Facilities Act and to operate without a license since January 2021.

“The vast majority of commercial breeders in Missouri abide by the Animal Care Facilities Act. However, if my office detects repeated violations of the ACFA, we will immediately file a lawsuit or take other legal action, ”said Attorney General Schmitt. “We will continue to be vigilant in working with the Missouri Department of Agriculture to crack down on inferior growers across the state,” the petition said.

According to investigators, the Missouri Department of Agriculture has conducted eight inspections of the Lund facility since June 4, 2020 and found about 60 violations of the Animal Care Facilities Act. Violations range from unsanitary facilities and inadequate outdoor accommodation to inadequate veterinary care and more. A case mentioned in the lawsuit states that Lund housed 18 unidentified weaned puppies and failed to report the disposition of 10 puppies, including two deaths. Other violations include the accumulation of dirt and debris in enclosures, failure to install wind and rain protection on the enclosures, failure to keep accurate and up-to-date veterinary records, and more. In addition, Lund has been operating without a commercial breeder license since January 31 of this year.

The lawsuit includes 14 cases including an operation without an ACFA license, two cases of uncorrected health and posture violations, one case of uncorrected surface and cleaning violations, one case of uncorrected primary housing violations, one case of uncorrected identification violations , two counts of uncorrected violations of the records, one count of uncorrected violations of outdoor facilities, two counts of uncorrected violations of veterinary care, one count of uncorrected violations of the outdoor facilities, one count of uncorrected fire alarm violations, and one count when access for inspections is not was granted. The Missouri Attorney General is seeking a restraining and permanent restraining order on each of the charges and a civil penalty of $ 1,000 for each charge.

Read the submission here: https://ago.mo.gov/docs/default-source/press-releases/petition-final(12517043-1).pdf?sfvrsn=f197e54f_2,

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