More than 100 dogs rescued from Hickory County breeder found in contempt of court, again

HICKORY COUNTY, Mo. – A formerly licensed Hickory County-based dog breeder is being held in contempt of court after the breeder, who previously worked without a license and with multiple violations of the Pet Care Facilities Act, animals, was once again convicted of unlawful acts and breach of prior court orders.

Laurie Lund was prosecuted in June 2021 for approximately 60 violations of the Animal Care Facilities Act, including unsanitary facilities and failure to provide proper veterinary care. At the time, Lund was home to 18 unidentified weaned puppies and did not report the disposition of 10 puppies, two of which died.

Then, in October 2021, nearly 100 dogs were rescued from Lund’s care by the Humane Society of Missouri. The attorney general’s office said it decided to find Lund in defiance of the court’s previous judgment at the time, which was accepted. Lund was ordered to pay $12,000 in fines, seize all dogs remaining on the property except for three pets, and bar Lund from ever again being a commercial breeder or dealer or operate a kennel.

“The gross neglect that these poor animals have suffered is heinous and inexcusable,” said HSMO President Kathy Warnick.

In April 2022, it was discovered that Lund was still harboring animals on his property, and another 19 dogs were seized from an Urbana facility that Lund was helping. Many of the dogs were puppies barely a week old.

Today, June 28, the court again ordered the immediate seizure of all dogs on Lund’s property, and the Department of Agriculture was allowed to inspect its premises without notice up to six times a year. The attorney general’s office said nine dogs were removed from Lund’s property as a result of the order.

Lund is also ordered to pay an additional fine.

“Reckless dog breeders give the thousands of law-abiding dog breeders in Missouri a bad name, and my office will continue its work to protect the health and welfare of animals statewide,” said Attorney General Eric Schmitt in a press release. .

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