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AG Schmitt Files Lawsuit Against Dallas County Dog Breeder for Violations of Animal Care Facilities Act

Oct 16, 2019, 13:17 PM by AG Schmitt
Jefferson City, Mo. – Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt announced today that his office filed a lawsuit against Cory Mincey and Puppy Love Kennel for violations of the Animal Care Facilities Act. Puppy Love Kennel is located in Dallas County, Missouri. Inspections by the Missouri Department of Agriculture found multiple continued infractions and sustained substandard conditions.

Jefferson City, Mo. – Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt announced today that his office filed a lawsuit against Cory Mincey and Puppy Love Kennel for violations of the Animal Care Facilities Act. Puppy Love Kennel is located in Dallas County, Missouri. Inspections by the Missouri Department of Agriculture found multiple continued infractions and sustained substandard conditions.

“Despite multiple inspections, missed inspections, and official letters of warning from the Department of Agriculture, Cory Mincey and Puppy Love Kennel have shown that they cannot responsibly breed or care for dogs. There are laws in place to ensure responsible, safe breeding in the state of Missouri – laws that Puppy Love Kennel has repeatedly violated. The conditions that dogs were subjected to at Puppy Love Kennel were horrible and inexcusable,” said Attorney General Schmitt. “Unfortunately, actions of breeders like Puppy Love Kennel and Cory Mincey cast those responsible breeders in a bad light. I appreciate the Department of Agriculture’s diligent work and thorough examination of Puppy Love Kennel, and I look forward to working with them to hold accountable breeders who break the law.”

Inspections beginning in October of 2018 showed recurring violations of the Animal Care Facilities Act, including buildup of feces in enclosures, loose or bloody stool found in enclosures, algae or debris filled water, inadequate veterinary care, dogs observed with thin body condition, unidentified dogs, and more.

While less serious violations were corrected over the span of inspections, problems like buildup of feces in enclosures, inadequate access to potable water or debris filled water, unidentified dogs, inadequate veterinary care and additional enclosure violations were persistent through these inspections.

Additionally, Ms. Mincey proved elusive to staff with the Department of Agriculture. According to the referral letter sent by the Department of Agriculture, Ms. Mincey repeatedly failed to make her facilities and animals available for inspection, sometimes preemptively cancelling inspections – family members often reported that she was unavailable or ill.

Because of the recurring violations and Ms. Mincey’s unavailability, multiple official letters of warning were issued by the Department of Agriculture.

Earlier this month, the Compliance Administrator for the American Kennel Club alerted the Department of Agriculture to concerns witnessed by their own staff, including an excessive buildup of feces and limited access to potable water. Department of Agriculture responded the next day, but staff were denied access to verify conditions at Puppy Love Kennel. The department referred the case to the Attorney General’s Office on October 10.

The lawsuit was filed in Dallas County earlier today.

Pictures from various inspections can be found below.