February 21, 2012
Jefferson City, Mo. – Attorney General Chris Koster has shut down a Dallas County dog breeder for violations of Missouri’s Animal Care Facilities Act and Canine Cruelty Prevention Act. Koster said his office obtained an injunction last month prohibiting Lori Goss from operating any dog breeding facility in Missouri for ten years.
Goss operated A-Lick-A-Hope Kennels, a commercial breeding facility in Conway, where Missouri Department of Agriculture inspections uncovered numerous violations of state animal welfare laws. Goss failed to provide clean, dry bedding and wind- and rain-breaks to protect the dogs from the elements; failed to keep food receptacles clean and sanitized and to provide clean drinking water; failed to collect and remove animal waste; failed to clean and sanitize the facility or to provide adequate space for the dogs; failed to provide housing that protected the animals from injury; and failed to provide adequate veterinary care to animals obviously in medical distress.
“We have an obligation to protect the well-being 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 continue to see that those laws are enforced.”
In cooperation with the Department of Agriculture, Koster has made cracking down on illegal dog breeders and sellers a priority in his office.
“The message is clear – Missouri pet breeders take animal welfare seriously and those who don’t will soon find themselves out of business,” said Director of Agriculture Dr. Jon Hagler. “I am proud of the Animal Care team’s efforts and the continued cooperation of the Attorney General in addressing substandard breeders.”
Koster said that in addition to prohibiting Goss from doing business in Missouri, the court assessed a $1,000 civil penalty, $100 for inspection fees, and assessed all costs associated with the case to the defendant.