Barnett breeder named in lawsuit

A lawsuit has been filed against a Barnett commercial dog breeding operation, alleging the company is operating without a license.

Attorney General Chris Koster, in cooperation with the Missouri Department of Agriculture, has filed a lawsuit against Lisa Oldendorf of Barnett for violating the Animal Care Facilities Act and the Canine Cruelty Prevention Act amid allegations of cruelty.

Koster said Oldendorf owns Oldendorf Boxer, a commercial breeding facility operating without a license in Barnett.

In the lawsuit, Koster alleges Oldendorf violated the law by:

• Failing to provide an adequate waste disposal and drainage system in the sheltered kennel building.

• Failing to identify her dogs or keep records of their identification.

• Failing to maintain an effective program for the control of insects and rodents.

• Allowing the ambient air temperature to fall below 45 degrees.

• Failing to keep the concrete floors in the indoor and outdoor portion of the sheltered facility impervious to moisture.

Koster is seeking injunctions and a temporary restraining order to prohibit Oldendorf from conducting any commercial breeding activity until further order of the court.

He also is asking the court to assess a civil penalty of up to $1,000 per violation of the Animal Care Facilities Act; and for Oldendorf to pay court costs.

The Morgan County Circuit Court has scheduled a hearing for Thursday.

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