December 29, 2010
Jefferson City, Mo. - Attorney General Chris Koster said today he has reached a settlement with Lisa Langer Young for violations of the Animal Care Facilities Act.
Koster said Young owns Lisa Langer Young Farm, a commercial breeder facility located in Shelbina. Department of Agriculture inspections over the past six months uncovered numerous violations of the Animal Care Facilities Act. Young failed to provide adequate ventilation and odor control; failed to provide clean, dry bedding and wind and rain breaks to protect the dogs from the elements; failed to provide shade for the dogs; failed to clean and sanitize the facility or to provide adequate space for the dogs; failed to remove sharp wires and metal from the kennel areas; and failed to provide adequate veterinary care or maintain veterinary records.
Koster said under the current settlement agreement, Young is required to either sell or give away the dogs in her breeding facility and shut down her business for a period of five years. The court has assessed penalties should she violate the Animal Care Facilities Act during that time.
Koster, in cooperation with the Department of Agriculture, has made cracking down on illegal dog breeders and sellers a priority in his office.
"We have an obligation to protect the wellbeing of animals, and Missouri has recognized that obligation by passing laws outlining acceptable standards for pet breeders and commercial pet dealers," Koster said. "This office will diligently continue to see that those laws are enforced."