The Missouri Department of Agriculture has finalized rules for the care of dogs at breeding facilities as prescribed earlier this year in Senate Bill 161, also known as the Missouri Solution. After reviewing thousands of comments from Missourians and conducting public meetings throughout the state, Missouri Director of Agriculture Dr. Jon Hagler revised the proposed rules to include clarifications on requirements for veterinary examinations, shelter and flooring, as well as unfettered access.

“Over the past three years, we have made great strides in strengthening the Department’s Animal Care Program,” said Director of Agriculture Dr. Jon Hagler. “We take our role in animal care very seriously, and these rules are an integral part of ensuring that our licensed, professional breeders have the clear guidelines they need to move forward.”

Under the leadership of Gov. Jay Nixon and Dr. Hagler, the Missouri Department of Agriculture’s animal care program has rescued more than 5,200 dogs from substandard conditions since early 2009. This year, a $1.1 million budget recommendation from Gov. Nixon was approved by the Missouri General Assembly. The animal care program has already added four inspectors, an investigator and a veterinarian. For more information about the animal care program, visit http://www.mda.mo.gov.