August 11, 2021 5:56 PM
Posted: August 11, 2021 5:56 PM
MCDONALD COUNTY, Mo. – The Missouri Attorney General files a lawsuit, shutting down a McDonald County canine breeder. In July, authorities rescued 21 dogs and recovered others dormant connected the breeder’s property.
Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt’s bureau filed a suit against Andre Damrill of Magic Puppies for multiple, repeated violations of the Animal Care Facilities Act.
Rescuing the Dogs
On July 20, 2021, Schmitt’s Office sought exigency tribunal alleviation against commercialized breeder Andre Damrill.
According to the suit, Damrill has repeatedly refused inspections by Department of Agriculture officials. As of July 14, 2021, she was past owed 75 days for an yearly inspection of her facilities. When trying to marque the inspection, MDA officials saw respective bladed boxers moving successful the yard. Officials besides noticed what appeared to beryllium fleas connected the dogs.
The Missouri Attorney General’s Office instantly filed a petition for an exigency impermanent restraining order. A tribunal granted it, allowing the AG’s Office and MDA officials to summation contiguous and unrestricted entree to Damrill’s installation and behaviour an inspection connected July 27, 2021.
During the inspection, Missouri Department of Agriculture officials recovered dormant dogs. The Humane Society of Missouri and McDonald County Sheriff’s s Office removed the remaining dogs the adjacent day.
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On July 29, 2021, the Missouri Attorney General’s Office filed a First Amended Verified Petition. It details the conditions astatine Damrill’s facility. The AG’s Office asked the tribunal for a preliminary and imperishable injunction. The tribunal granted it yesterday, Aug. 10, 2021.
According to the amended petition and the court’s preliminary injunction order, officials recovered 7 dogs deceased and successful assorted stages of decay successful enclosures astatine the facilities, with carcasses disposable from the extracurricular of the enclosure. Additionally, they saw respective dogs that had bladed bodies with ribcages intelligibly visible. Dogs astatine the installation had nary entree to cleanable oregon potable water. The inspection besides recovered that enclosures and facilities were not ventilated oregon air-conditioned, weeds and gangly writer were not trimmed, and different assorted violations.
Under the preliminary injunction, Damrill is prohibited from breeding, selling, oregon operating arsenic a commercialized breeder.
A transgression referral successful the lawsuit is pending.
“The immense bulk of Missouri’s breeders comply with the Animal Care Facilities Act and get the due licensure. For the breeders who don’t comply with the instrumentality and run substandard oregon noncompliant facilities, my Office is ready, willing, and capable to instrumentality enactment to unopen those breeders down. This lawsuit is peculiarly egregious, and my bureau stands acceptable to assistance successful immoderate transgression prosecutions arsenic well,” said Attorney General Schmitt. “I’m arrogant to proceed to enactment with the Department of Agriculture to basal retired these substandard breeders and clasp them accountable.”
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