St. Louis, MO (KPLR)—More than one-million dollars is being added to the effort to crack down on Missouri dog breeders. Governor Jay Nixon made the announcement Tuesday morning at the Humane Society of Missouri headquarters. He said the money will be used to hire more field inspectors, veterinarians, and other enforcement agents.
Attorney General Chris Koster also announced the creation of the “Canine Cruelty Prevention Unit.” It will file lawsuits for past violations, work to prevent repeat offenses, and seek civil penalties against violators.
The governor says these moves will bridge the gap between Prop B, which won voter approval last November and the legislative changes called “The Missouri Solution” that passed in April.
“This enforcement is a key, the missouri solution ensures both local and state enforcement authority including specific authority for the attorney general to crack down on illegal and irresponsible breeders.” said Gov. Jay Nixon.
In addition, the department of agriculture will introduce new rules on july first pertaining to animals’ living spaces, pen construction quality, and veterinary care.