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Unlicensed Missouri dog breeder charged with animal abuse

October 29, 2020 GMT

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — An unlicensed dog breeder in southern Missouri was charged Thursday with 24 criminal counts after she allegedly euthanized 21 dogs she had agreed to turn over to the state, Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt said.

Marlisa McAlmond, who runs Cedar Ridge Australians in Oregon County, was charged with 21 counts of animal abuse, two counts of felony damage and one count of animal cruelty.

Schmitt’s office had formerly sued McAlmond over breeding conditions at the business and because she had an expired license.

Despite having a temporary restraining order against her, McAlmond continued to breed dogs.

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The attorney general’s office then entered a consent judgment with McAlmond requiring her to surrender 84 dogs to the Missouri Department of Agriculture. She was allowed to keep 20 dogs, Schmitt said in a news release.

Before the department could collect the dogs on Sept. 22, McAlmond killed 21 of them, including seven puppies, Schmitt said, and also transferred 60 dogs to third parties without the Agriculture Department’s consent.