Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley's office has asked the Phelps County circuit court to stop the operation of Samples Creek Kennel in Edgar Springs after the recording of numerous animal welfare violations over the past two years.

Pamela Baldwin is an individual doing business as Samples Creek Kennel, with its principal place of business located at 13225 County Road 6320 in Edgar Springs.

The issue is violations of the Missouri Department of Agriculture’s Animal Care Facilities Act (ACFA), and the Canine Cruelty Prevention Act (CCPA).

During a June 2016 inspection, the Missouri Department of Agriculture (MDA) identified 12 non-compliant and five repeat non-compliant items. The violations included, but were not limited to, bedding which was wet and soiled; wet dog food; cloudy water containing dead flies, and fecal material.

Between June 2016 and June 2018 the Department noted 95 original violations of the ACFA and 31 repeat violations, which were cited originally then found to go uncorrected upon subsequent inspections.

The department of agriculture issued an ACFA License to Baldwin on or about May 17, 2017. The license application submitted by the Defendant indicated that its intended business designation was that of a “Commercial Breeder.”

Based upon the Petition for Injunctive Relief and Civil Penalties filed by Attorney General Hawley’s office, the kennel has been operating without a license since Jan. 2018.

In addition, Hawley’s office is asking for a civil penalty in the amount of up to $1,000 per violation of the ACFA.

Some of the findings from the MDA Inspections from June 2016 through June 2018:

Between the Re-Inspection of June 14, 2016 and the Re-Inspection of June 14, 2018 there were 23 occasions the MDA attempted to undertake inspections of the Defendants facility but were unable to do so because no one from the Defendant’s facility was present.

-- On June 14, 2016 the MDA undertook a Re-Inspection of the Defendant’s kennel. During the inspection the MDA observed multiple dogs to have excessively long toenails, and the Defendant was unable to produce annual hands-on examination records for all of the dogs and was instructed to have a red female Shiba Inu examined by the attending veterinarian for hair loss; a white female Boxer examined for loose stool, thin body condition, and brown discharge from the ears’ and a male German Shepherd Dog examined for fly strike.

-- On Aug. 10, 2016 the MDA undertook a Re-Inspection of the Defendant’s facility. During the inspection the MDA identified violations that included, but were not limited to, lack of shelter, dogs exposed to sharp points, inability to access wholesome food, contaminated feed, fecal material, excessive accumulation of feces, ineffective fly control, lack of identification, inaccurate inventory records, lack of medical records for dogs under veterinary treatment, and the improper use of expired medications and vaccines.

In addition, the Defendant was instructed to consult with her attending veterinarian regarding a male Shar Pei observed with yellow discharge from both eyes, a female Jack Russell Terrier observed with yellow discharge from the left eye, a female Boxer observed with a wound on the top of the left ear, a male Shiba Inu observed to have hair loss on a leg and a wound on the nose, a female French Bulldog observed to have yellow discharge from the left eye.

-- On Aug. 16, 2016 the MDA undertook a Focused Inspection of the Defendant’s Kennel. During the Focused Inspection the MDA verified that the Defendant failed to correct the standing water and lack of aggregate within the dog runs, lack of shelter and lack of identification.

-- On Nov. 2, 2016 the MDA undertook a Re-Inspection of the Defendant’s facility. The MDA identified violations that included, but were not limited to, facility components which were found in disrepair, lack of adequate drainage, green growth in the water receptacles and lack of medical records for dogs under veterinary treatment. In addition, the Defendant was instructed to consult with her attending veterinarian regarding a female Weimaraner observed with lameness and a broken toenail, a female Golden Retriever observed with lameness of the left back leg, and a female Basset Hound observed with thick, yellowish-green discharge from both eyes.

-- On Feb. 8, 2017 the MDA undertook a Re-Inspection of the Defendant’s facility. The MDA identified violations that included, but were not limited to, failure to provide adequate protection from the elements, failure to meet minimum standards for space, lack of aggregate in the outdoor dog pens, failure to vaccinate for rabies and failure to provide adequate grooming. The Defendant was further instructed to consult with her attending veterinarian regarding a female Rat Terrier observed with abnormal eye symptoms, a male red and white Chihuahua with advanced periodontal disease, a female black Chihuahua with advanced periodontal disease and a female Basset Hound observed with multiple lesions upon her abdomen.

-- On April 19, 2017 the MDA undertook a Re-Inspection of the Defendant’s facility. The MDA identified violations that included, but were not limited to, failing to protect animals from potential of injury, excessive overgrowth of weeds, lack of medical records for dogs under veterinary treatment, expired vaccines, failure to vaccinate for rabies, and failure to provide adequate grooming.

-- On May 17, 2017 the MDA undertook a Re-Inspection of the Defendant’s facility. The MDA identified violations that included, but were not limited to, an accumulation of feces and used bedding in the enclosures, dogs with fecal material in their matted hair. In addition, the Defendant was instructed to consult with her attending veterinarian regarding a male Basset Hound observed to have hair loss and inflamed skin and three Basset Hounds found to have bloody mucoid tool in their enclosure.

-- On Sept. 14, 2017 the MDA undertook a Re-Inspection of the Defendant’s facility. The MDA identified violations that included, but were not limited to, rusty feeders, tattered and ripped tarps, bare dirt flooring, an accumulation of feces and used bedding in the enclosures. In addition, the Defendant was instructed to consult with her attending veterinarian regarding multiple dogs that were noted to have fleas, a black and tan Dachshund observed to have hair loss and a Black Labrador Retriever observed to have fleas and alopecia. Further, the Defendant was instructed to have a female French Bulldog examined by the attending veterinarian after being observed to vomit repeatedly during the inspection.

-- On Nov. 2, 2017 the MDA undertook a Re-Inspection of the Defendant’s facility. The MDA identified violations that included, but were not limited to, rusty feeders, in addition, the Defendant was instructed to consult with her attending veterinarian regarding a female Basset Hound observed to have loss of vision to her left eye, cloudiness to her right eye, and overgrown toenails, a male German Shepherd Dog observed to have an abnormal gait and a male Basset Hound with facial and oral swelling.

-- On June 14, 2018 the MDA undertook a Re-Inspection of the Defendant’s facility. The MDA identified violations that included, but were not limited to, excessive accumulation of fecal material, overgrowth of weeds. In addition, the Defendant was instructed to consult with her attending veterinarian regarding a female Dachshund observed to be abnormally thin and a female Basset Hound observed to have a thick, yellow discharge covering both eyes.