The first lawsuit against a dog breeder using Missouri’s puppy mill law involves a Monett kennel operator, according to the Attorney General’s office.
Attorney General Chris Koster’s staff obtained a temporary restraining order against Linda Brisco, who operates Moser Kennel.
The order is the first time the state Animal Care Facilities Act and the Canine Cruelty Prevention Act are being used against a kennel operator, according to Koster’s office.
Koster’s staff filed the complaint for the Missouri Department of Agriculture on June 13 against Brisco, online court records show.
The complaint was filed after Agriculture Department inspectors went to Brisco’s kennel.
The inspection revealed a variety of problems, including failure to provide veterinary care to ill animals, failure to clean and sanitize the facility and failure to keep sick, old or young animals indoors or in sheltered areas.
Other problems included failing to repair disposal and drainage systems that kept animals wet, not providing shade to dogs and not removing waste.
Investigators also found that dogs were being killed with gunshots, according to a news release.
The order issued in Lawrence County Circuit Court prohibits Brisco from operating a facility that violates state law and requires Brisco to allow inspectors to check animals before a trial.
Koster wants a permanent order shutting Brisco’s kennel down and requiring Brisco to pay court costs and for past violations.
Online court records indicate Circuit Judge Scott Sifferman set a July 19 hearing date on the case.