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The Humane Society of Missouri’s Animal Cruelty Task Force returns to one of the nation’s most notorious breeders to save seven dogs

Rescued dogs, mostly terriers, are on their way back to HSMO Saint Louis head office for emergency veterinary treatment

ST. LOUIS, October 11, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — This morning, the Humane Society of from missouri (HSMO) Animal Cruelty Task Force (ACT) – one of the world’s largest animal rescue and disaster response teams – led the rescue of seven dogs from the facility of a formerly licensed breeder in Douglas County, Missouri. The breeder, who had been cited for multiple offenses in the past, was previously on the national “Horrible 100” list – a ranking of the worst dog breeders in the country. The rescue was coordinated in conjunction with the Missouri Department of Agriculture (MDA) and the Missouri Attorney General’s Office.

Rescue came immediately after Marilyn Berger (a.k.a marilyn williams), which operated livestock businesses in Missouri under the name of Cedarcrest Kennel, Williams KennelPuppyFind and Pups4U, was found in criminal contempt for breaching a 2021 consent agreement put in place by the Missouri Attorney General’s Office. Shepherd revealed in court that in the weeks leading up to her trial, she had sold all of the puppies in her care. The Douglas County Circuit Court ordered the immediate removal of the remaining seven adult dogs from Shepherd’s property and imposed a $9,500 sadness. By court order, Shepherd was allowed to keep a dog as a personal pet. Shepherd has been arrested and may face criminal penalties related to animal abuse.

HSMO has been involved in rescuing dogs owned by Shepherd for almost 25 years. Today’s rescue marks the second time in less than a year that the HSMO Animal Cruelty Task Force has been called to Shepherd’s property to rescue animals. In December 2021 the task force rescued 42 dogs, many of them puppies just a few days old, from Shepherd’s Cedarcrest kennel. At that time, Shepherd did not have a commercial breeding license and his hobby (or show) license was permanently revoked for violation of a 2020 consent agreement, also from Missouri Attorney General’s Office.

Marilyn Berger is a repeat offender with a long history of animal abuse and reproductive violations that dates back decades,” said HSMO President Kathy Warnick. “We are grateful to the Missouri Department of Agriculture and Attorney General Schmitt’s office for their persistent work to stay on top of bad breeders who break the law and trap helpless animals in a cycle of abuse and neglect. The animals rescued today were kept in conditions that caused them great emotional stress and physical suffering. Now that these animals are safe, our goal is to provide them with the care and rehabilitation they need so that they can find loving and eternal homes.

The rescued animals include five males and two females of different terrier breeds. Several of the rescued animals are suffering from skin abrasions and other health issues and will need to be rehabilitated and socialized. HSMO hopes to make the dogs available for adoption in the near future, after they have received state-of-the-art, compassionate veterinary care. To help support the care of these poor animals, financial donations can be made to:

To report an animal that may be in danger or suffering from neglect or abuse, call local law enforcement and the Humane Society of from missouri Animal Cruelty Hotline at (314) 647-4400.

Background on Marilyn Berger & Cedarcrest Kennel

Named to the national “Horrible 100” list for the past six years, by Marilyn Shepherd the facilities have a long history of animal abuse and neglect. In 1997, HSMO investigated several reports of neglected puppies with matted fur and open wounds on Shepherd’s property. The Missouri Department of Agriculture removed the dogs from its care shortly thereafter. In 1998, the USDA refused to renew Shepherd’s license due to a history of violations. In 2006, Shepherd was permanently banned from holding a USDA license, but remained in business under a Missouri state license and illegally selling puppies online. Every year from 2013 to 2019, state inspectors found sick or injured dogs in his kennel. In 2019, the Missouri The Attorney General’s office filed an enforcement complaint alleging a repeated failure to provide veterinary care to sick dogs and unacceptable conditions. In the years that followed, Shepherd’s Missouri’s ACFA (commercial breeding) license and hobby license were revoked due to continued violations.

About the Humane Society of Missouri Animal Cruelty Task Force

The Humanitarian Society of from missouri Animal Cruelty Task Force (ACT) is one of the largest animal rescue/disaster response teams in United States. For more than 40 years, ACT has worked side-by-side with state, local and city law enforcement officials to investigate and help prosecute perpetrators of animal abuse.

Each year, Humane Society of from missouri 15 professional animal cruelty investigators and staff tested in the field:

  • Travel over 350,000 miles
  • Make over 10,000 responses to reports of abuse/neglect
  • Help over 20,000 animals

human society of from missouri Animal cruelty investigators understand the nuances of animal abuse law and the criminal justice process to document and file evidence and work directly with sheriff’s offices, police departments and prosecutors to help ensure that animal cases are handled in a prompt and professional manner. human society of Missouri investigators also provide expert testimony in court cases and before legislative bodies and conduct consultation and training workshops for law enforcement, state agencies, and local privacy and enforcement officers. animals.

Together they work to hold people accountable for animal abuse and neglect in the Saint Louis metropolitan area and all Missouri.

Contact information for the public
Report animal abuse: 314-647-4400
Donations: 314-951-1542
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SOURCE Humane Society of Missouri