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May 10, 2011SULLIVAN COUNTY, MO |  By: Wayman

Dog Breeder Closed

A Sullivan county dog breeding operation has been ordered shut down by the Missouri Attorney General's Office.

The owners of S&S Family Puppies in Milan Charles and Diana Stephenson have been found by a court to be violating the state's animal care facilities act. Investigators say in the past 6 months the commercial breeder failed to provide adequate ventilation and odor control, remove waste, clean and sanitize, and failed to provide adequate space for their animals, among other violations. Because of the order, S&S have to transfer all its animals to a licensed facility and close the business for at least 8 years.