MONETT — More than 70 dogs of various breeds are now being cared for by the Humane Society of Missouri in St. Louis after being removed from a breeding facility in southwest Missouri.
The Missouri Department of Agriculture said Thursday that the dogs were rescued in June in the first case under Missouri's new Canine Cruelty Prevention Act signed into law in April.
Authorities said the dogs taken from Moser Kennel in Monett included poodles, beagles, labs and other breeds. Inspectors say they found unclean drinking water, standing water in dog houses and trash. The facility was also cited for euthanizing dogs with gunshots.
The new law was enacted this spring by Gov. Jay Nixon after legislators replaced much of a dog-breeding initiative that had been passed by voters last year.