Mo. Supreme Court rejects animal shelter lawsuit

Aug 13, 2013

Missouri Supreme Court
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The Missouri Supreme Court has rejected a challenge to a law that raised the state's licensing fees on animal shelters.

The Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that a lawsuit filed by the Humane Society of the United States and two other animal shelters was moot. The court noted the suit challenged the procedure by which a 2010 licensing law was passed, but that lawmakers had changed the law again in 2011.

The 2010 law made animal shelters subject to the licensing fees already charged to dog breeders. The 2011 law raised Missouri's maximum licensing fee from $500 to $2,500 for commercial breeders, kennels and animal shelters.