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Missouri Attorney General Shuts Down Dog Ranch, Little Bit Ranch, Sullivan County

Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt announced that his office has filed a lawsuit and obtained a temporary restraining order (TRO) against Little Bit Ranch, a Sullivan County dog ​​breeder, for violating the law. on animal care facilities (ACFA) and for operating without a permit. . The lawsuit and request for a temporary restraining order without notice was filed on Friday last week, and the temporary restraining order was granted on Friday.

The lawsuit notes that Little Bit Ranch owners Angela and Danny Noland have been operating without an Animal Care Facilities Act license since January 31, 2020, and approximately 50 ACFA violations have been found by the Department of Missouri Agriculture on eight inspections since August 2019.

“As we did in this case, we will take prompt action against substandard or non-compliant breeders in Missouri whenever possible,” Attorney General Schmitt said. “Furthermore, these substandard or non-compliant breeders cast a bad light on responsible breeders. I look forward to continuing to work with the Missouri Department of Agriculture to address non-compliant breeders statewide.

The TRO application notes: “The eight inspections demonstrated that Defendants’ facility had inadequate shelter; unsanitary enclosures with excessive accumulation of feces and food waste; dogs suffering from inadequate or untimely veterinary care, including multiple cases of dogs with loose, sometimes bloody stools, matted fur, serious eye infections, and other health issues; sharp, rusty spikes in animal enclosures; living spaces that were too small and lacked adequate flooring; food containers with mold, cooked food and even a maggot; and the defendants repeatedly failed to provide access to unfrozen drinking water. »

The latest inspection conducted by the Missouri Department of Agriculture, which took place on April 20, 2020, revealed multiple new and recurring violations of the ACFA.

The lawsuit says the ACFA license issued to Angela and Danny Noland expired on January 31, 2020, and Little Bit Ranch has been operating without a license ever since.

The temporary restraining order request can be found HERE while you can view the temporary restraining order granted HERE, and a copy of the lawsuit itself can be viewed by clicking THIS LINK.

(Photo from Little Bit Ranch website)

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