A judgement was reached in the case of a woman accused of violating the Animal Care Facilities Act by operating her breeding facility without a license and failure to provide care of her animals.
Attorney General Chris Koster announced Friday that the Lawrence County Circuit Court had entered a consent agreement against Shirley Gilbert after Department of Agriculture inspections revealed numerous violations including failure to provide adequate veterinary care to animals who were in obvious medical distress; failure to provide adequate ventilation and odor control; failure to provide clean, dry bedding and wind and rain breaks to protect the dogs from the elements; failure to collect and remove animal waste; failure to clean and sanitize the facility or to provide adequate space for the dogs; and failure to provide housing that protected the animals from injury.
Gilbert owned and operated Wolfgang’s Puppies and Gee Gee’s Yorkies, a commercial breeder facility located in Aurora.
In order to comply with the terms of the agreement, Gilbert was required to transfer all of the dogs at the facility to the Humane Society of Missouri for veterinary evaluation and rehabilitation prior to adoption.
Gilbert also agreed to shut down her business for six years and pay a $500 civil penalty, $1,000 in attorneys’ fees and costs and $200 in restitution to consumers who were harmed by misrepresentations Gilbert made regarding her status as a licensed breeder.