The Missouri Attorney General’s Office has authority to enforce certain provisions of the Missouri Animal Care Facilities Act (ACFA) and Canine Cruelty Prevention Act (CCPA). The Office will enforce the law as written, which includes holding accountable those who continue to violate those state laws and abuse or neglect Missouri’s animals. The Office may file a lawsuit upon substantiating allegations through complaints or referral by the Missouri Department of Agriculture. The Office works closely with the Department when taking action against substandard breeders across the state. The Office has worked to shut down numerous unlawful operations and rescued hundreds of animals from inhumane conditions.
Violations of the ACFA and CCPA may include operating without a license; failing to correct violations from facility inspections; housing animals in small enclosure spaces or spaces without solid resting areas; failing to provide potable food and water; neglecting veterinary care; failing to grant sufficient access to outdoor spaces; and failing to allow state inspectors access to the facility. For more information about the ACFA and CCPA, please refer to Chapter 273, RSMo by clicking here. You may also contact the Missouri Department of Agriculture here to check on the status of licensed entities and report suspected violations of the law.
You may also submit a complaint to the Attorney General’s Office to report violations. By completing the form below, you understand and agree to the following:
- The information you are providing in your complaint is truthful and accurate;
- The Attorney General’s Office is not your attorney, cannot provide you with legal advice, cannot represent you directly, and can take action only to enforce the law in the public’s interest;
- You will testify in Court as a witness upon lawful request if the Attorney General’s Office initiates a lawsuit based on the allegations in your complaint; and
- The Attorney General’s Office will maintain a copy of your complaint as a public record, and the information in it may be treated as an open record depending on the circumstances, and it may be provided to the Missouri Department of Agriculture, investigators, or the entity subject to your complaint.
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