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June 29, 2011

The HSUS Praises Missouri Attorney General for Taking Steps to Shut Down Problem Breeder

Koster claims breeder “routinely used gunshot as a means of euthanasia”

Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster has filed a temporary restraining order against Linda Brisco, owner of Moser Kennel of Monett, Mo.  Koster has taken this action due to multiple violations found at Brisco’s kennel during routine inspections. The Humane Society of the United States has sent Koster a letter praising his efforts and urging him to turn over these dogs to shelters and rescues.

“The Humane Society of the United States applauds Attorney General Koster for taking action against this licensed breeder,” said Melanie Kahn, senior director of the Puppy Mills Campaign for The HSUS. “We are hopeful that the Attorney General’s Office will allow these dogs to be transferred to animal welfare organizations that can help them find loving homes. It would be a tragedy for these dogs to survive such deplorable conditions only to be sold to other puppy mill operators or at auction.”

According to documents obtained by The HSUS, Brisco held a state dog breeder license and had been selling puppies through websites such as PuppyCompanion.com, PuppyFind.com, and NextDayPets.com.  According to her own website, Brisco is also a member of the Missouri Pet Breeder’s Association.

The temporary restraining order prohibits Brisco from selling any dogs and requires her to keep all dogs alive and available for inspection by officials at the Missouri Department of Agriculture.  In his press release Koster says he is seeking a permanent order requiring Brisco to shut down.

According to Koster, inspection reports document numerous violations including; muddy drinking water, excrement in food bowls, feces accumulating to the point where it was indistinguishable from the flooring and failing to provide housing that protected dogs from injury.  He also says Brisco “routinely used gunshot as a means of euthanasia.”

It is unclear how many dogs are on Brisco’s property at this time.  Her website states that she breeds Labrador Retrievers, toy and miniature American Eskimos, Brussels Griffons, and Miniature Poodles and her son breeds Beagles, Puggles, & Schnoodles.  Brisco’s hearing is set for July 19, 2011.

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