Canine Cruelty Prevention Act

(Rachel Lippmann/St. Louis Public Radio)

Seventy-three dogs rescued from a breeder in southwest Missouri today are now in the care of the Humane Society of Missouri in St. Louis. The dogs are the first seized under Missouri's new Canine Cruelty Prevention Act.

Attorney General Chris Koster filed suit against the kennel, owned by Linda Brisco, in June. He calls it a good first step toward changing Missouri's reputation as the "puppy mill capital" of the country.

Koster says the new law, a compromise on the voter initiative known as Proposition B, gives his office more tools to help the dogs.