The Attorney General’s Office is committed to protecting the health and welfare of dogs, puppies, cats, and kittens in the state of Missouri. For too long, Missouri suffered from a poor reputation as a haven for "puppy mills." The Attorney General changed that reputation and made sure that commercially bred domestic animals are appropriately cared for in accordance with state law.

Our office made it a high priority to enforce the Animal Care Facilities Act in order to ensure that all regulated animal care facilities are meeting animal husbandry, shelter, veterinary care, and safety requirements.

With the passing of the Canine Cruelty Prevention Act, we announced the permanent establishment of the Canine Cruelty Prevention Unit, committing staff and resources to the ongoing prosecution of civil and criminal violations of the ACFA and the CCPA, § 273.325, RSMO, et seq. These efforts have resulted in the rescue of 7,100 animals from substandard facilities. 

To learn more about the CCPA and the changes the Attorney General’s Office will be implementing, please check out our “Comparison Chart,” which highlights the differences among Proposition B (the referendum passed last fall), the ACFA, and the CCPA. You can also review the complete text of the amendments to the ACFA and the CCPA.


You may file a complaint online against a licensed or unlicensed animal care facility, such as a commercial dog breeder, rescue facility, broker/dealer, or hobby/show breeder or access the pdf version. Get the free Adobe Reader

You may also call the Canine Cruelty Prevention Hotline at 1-800-392-8222 (Outside MO: 573-751-3321) to report your complaint.

6900 Animals Rescued since 2009