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John Goodwin (at left) is with the Humane Society, and Sarah Javier leads the Animal Protective Association of Missouri.
John Goodwin & Sarah Javier

Missouri is home to 22 of the 100 puppy mills on the Humane Society of the United States’ most recent list of known problem dealers, topping the list for the seventh year in a row. Released last week, the “Horrible Hundred” report highlights animal-welfare issues including high puppy death rates, underweight dogs, neglected health needs and other problems.

On Tuesday’s St. Louis on the Air, guest host Sharon Stevens discussed the topic with Sarah Javier, president and executive director of the Animal Protective Association of Missouri, and John Goodwin, senior director of the Humane Society of the United States’ Stop Puppy Mills Campaign.

A feral cat recovers after being neutered during a day-long clinic sponsored by the city of St. Louis, Operation Stop Pet Overpopulation and St. Louis Feral Cat Outreach. Volunteers cover the cages of the feral cats to calm them.
Mary Delach Leonard | St. Louis Public Radio

Linda Braboy explained her method for trapping feral cats, as she pushed her walker down an alley near Fairground Park on a chilly November Saturday.

She uses the wheeled walker to help her get around, but it also comes in handy for this mission. She has stuffed the pouch with cat food and stacked a couple of wire traps on top.

Photo of cat and shadow
Rachel Heidenry | St. Louis Beacon archives

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Dec. 5, 2013 - Careful on that kitten or puppy for Christmas

While the idea of giving your children that long beg-for pet may create images of Christmas bliss, think first.

Pets take time. Do you have it?

Missouri Humane Society

The Humane Society of Missouri seized more than 250 domestic and farm animals from a property in Franklin County Tuesday for "deplorable" living conditions. In 2010, the organization removed 158 animals from the same property for being mistreated.

Animal Cruelty Task Force Director Mike Perkins says the rescued animals included 192 rabbits, as well as goats, cats, chickens, dogs and one duck.

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The Humane Society of the United States and two Missouri-based non-profit animal groups are waiting to hear if the State Supreme Court will take up their appeal on what they describe as a crippling regulation.

The plaintiffs say the animal adoption tax levied on non-profit shelters and rescue groups can cost them up to $2,500 a year, making it hard to feed and find homes for the animals in their care.  Amanda Good is the HSUS State Director for Missouri.

“For the smaller shelters, that’s actually a significant chunk of their budget, money that should be spent on helping the animals and caring for the animals," Good said.

Morning headlines: Thursday, August 25, 2011

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Dispute over Ill. regional superintendent salaries heads to court

The superintendents have sued the state in an effort to restore salaries that were cut by Ill. Gov. Pat Quinn. The latest hearing is scheduled for this afternoon in Springfield.

Humane Society finances another Mo. initiative

Jul 18, 2011
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The Humane Society of the United States has contributed nearly $93,000 toward a Missouri initiative that would make it harder for state lawmakers to change voter-approved measures.

Morning headlines: Friday, July 15, 2011

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Record setting weekend expected at Busch Stadium Sunday

Busch Stadium could set an attendance record this weekend, but the crowd won't be there for a St. Louis Cardinals game. A stadium-record 52,000 people are expected for the U2 concert scheduled for Sunday night. That will include fans with seats on the field.  

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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.

(Photo by Warren Nichols/St. Louis Department of Health)

Last year, 90 dogs left the St. Louis city pound for what Mayor Francis Slay hoped would be a better life. The move marked the end of an attempt by the city to replace its aging pound with a state-of-the-art shelter funded by donations.

From that day on, Stray Rescue - a non-profit with 24 employees and an army of volunteers - cared for all but a handful of dogs and answered the city's animal control calls: all without taking a dime of city money.

If you believe the city’s health department, there are fewer strays on the street, and more dogs are being adopted. But there are questions about how long the success will last.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, June 15, 2011 - Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon and Attorney General Chris Koster teamed up Tuesday morning to promote their plans to enforce the new state regulations on dog-breeders, dubbed "Prosecution Bark Alert."

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, June 15, 2011 - As the battle over Missouri's Prop B shows, being top dog at the Humane Society of the United States can lead you to become a political animal.

Not to mention forming an unlikely alliance with notorious dogfighter Michael Vick.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, May 27, 2011 - On Sunday evening, Elizabeth Lawrence ducked down in her wheel chair, half in the bathroom of her duplex, holding tight to her small, warm pomeranian, Izabella. As the tornado that tore through Joplin that night raged all around, pieces of her home fell down on her back.

In her arms, Izabella shivered and shook.

Marshall Griffin, St. Louis Public Radio

As Governor Jay Nixon (D) weighs his options on a bill to roll back voter-approved dog breeding regulations, supporters and opponents of Proposition B staged dueling rallies a few blocks from each other in Jefferson City.

Several hundred people gathered outside the State Capitol to urge the governor to sign a bill passed by the Missouri House and Senate that would remove the 50-dog per breeder limit and relax provisions for living space and veterinary exams.

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A compromise has been announced between supporters and opponents of Proposition B on a new proposal to overhaul dog-breeding regulations passed by Missouri voters last year.

The agreement would remove the 50-dog limit, allowing breeders to have as many dogs as they want.

Morning headlines: Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Mar 16, 2011
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  • The Missouri House took only an hour to debate and pass the state's budget for next year. The $23 billion spending plan holds K-through-12 spending in place while cutting higher education funding by seven percent. The full Missouri House is scheduled to take up the state budget the week of March 28th, right after lawmakers return from spring break.
  •  A task force focused on rural Missouri crime has recovered more than $2.5 million worth of stolen property in the past year and a half.

Good morning! Here are a few of today's starting headlines:

  • Missouri lawmakers are preparing to start redrawing the state's congressional districts. Officials said Monday they expect to get more detailed population data from the U.S. Census Bureau this week. Missouri is losing one of its nine congressional districts, based on the statewide population figures released earlier. The new details of where people are living will hep the Legislature as it draws the eight new districts. The chairmen of the House and Senate  redistricting committees are planning to hold public hearings in several places around Missouri. They hope to complete the hearings in the next couple of weeks and will begin developing new congressional maps after that.
  • The Missouri House is to begin debate soon on a plan to use $189 million of additional federal stimulus money for public schools. The House plan would use some of that money to offset shortfalls in casino tax revenues that were to go to schools. But most of the additional federal money would be used to offset state revenues already budgeted for schools this year  - allowing the state money to be saved and distributed to schools next year. House Majority Leader Tim Jones said the chamber could debate the legislation as soon as Tuesday. The House plan would maintain a more steady funding stream for schools than one originally proposed by Gov. Jay Nixon. His plan would have boosted school funding this year and cut it next year.
  • According to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, the Humane Society of Missouri has received custody of 74 dogs from a licensed breeder after investigators found the dogs malnourished and living in their own waste. State investigators found the Collies and Bichon Frises living in crates in a double-wide trailer on the breeder's Stone County property in southwest Missouri. One dog had to euthanized. The Post-Dispatch reports that examinations found several of the dogs suffered from dehydration, malnutrition, ear and respiratory infections, as well as internal parasites.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Jan. 15, 2011 - Wayne Pacelle, national president of the Humane Society of the United States, expects to be engaging in quite a bit of shuttle diplomacy between Washington, D.C., and Jefferson City over the coming months as he seeks to save Proposition B.

Pacelle spent this past Wednesday and Thursday in the state Capitol, "getting the lay of the land," as he put it in an interview, before leaving town.

Only a handful of opponents of Proposition B, the Nov. 2 ballot measure to regulate dog breeding in Missouri, showed up Tuesday night for a protest outside the Humane Society offices on Macklind Avenue in St. Louis.

Inside, supporters of the measure -- Proposition B -- heard from national and state leaders of animal-rights groups, who said passage of the ballot measure would have national repercussions. Jill Buckley of the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals noted Missouri's reputation as "the puppy mill capital of the United States."

Dogfighting laws may tighten in Missouri

May 1, 2008
King huddles with Pam Whitcraft of the Human Society in St. Louis. Until the trials are over concerning the dogfights King participated in, he can't be adopted.
Bill Smith | Beacon archives

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: In a small, fenced exercise yard off Macklind Avenue, Humane Society of Missouri employee Pam Whitcraft and King -- a 3-year-old male pit bull with a coat the color of yellow sand -- were taking full advantage of the warm sunshine for a few precious minutes of outside playtime.

A strong wind was kicking up clouds of dust inside the pen, but it was not the wind that was bothering the animal this Thursday morning.