Thursday, May 23, 2013

Attorney General Koster takes action against St. Louis County boarding kennel

                                                                                                May 23, 2013 

                                                                         (Official press release from Missouri General)

Jefferson City, Mo. – Attorney General Chris Koster, in cooperation with the Missouri Department of Agriculture, has obtained a temporary restraining order to prevent a St. Louis boarding kennel owner from housing any dogs.

Koster filed a lawsuit April 22 against Greg Striebel and Landmark Animal Center, Inc., for violations of the Animal Care Facilities Act (ACFA) after inspectors from the Missouri Department of Agriculture discovered that Striebel and Landmark Animal Center:
  • had operated their commercial boarding kennel without a license since January 31, 2013;
  • failed to meet certain housing requirements, which created risks of injury and illness to boarded animals, such as:
    • failed to provide or repair jagged, rusted enclosure doors;
    • failed to repair or replace rusted and corroded outside doors and hinges that compromised the safety and structural integrity of the gates and panels;
    • failed to repair breaks in overhead chain link fencing that posed a threat of injury to the animals;
  • failed to properly maintain records of current vaccinations for boarding animals.
In his lawsuit, Koster sought a temporary restraining order to prohibit Striebel from any further violations of the ACFA and from conducting any ACFA-regulated activity until further order of the court. The suit also seeks a civil penalty of up to $1,000 per violation of the ACFA and demands that the defendants pay court costs.
Koster, in cooperation with the Missouri Department of Agriculture, has made cracking down on illegal dog breeders and sellers a priority in his office.  "We want Missouri to be known as a state that raises animals in a humane environment and offers dogs from well-operated kennels to buyers across the country," Koster said.   

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