The Cavalry Group has emailed the following press release about Missouri's Agriculture Director, Jon Hagler.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 17, 2013
MISSOURI AGRICULTURE DIRECTOR
ATTEMPTS TO EVADE DEPOSITION
Jon Hagler seeks to avoid deposition in legal challenge
to the Canine Cruelty Prevention Act
Saint Louis, MO - In 2010, Missouri voters narrowly passed the Canine Cruelty Prevention Act. The Missouri legislature subsequently amended the bill with what later became known as the 'Missouri Solution' in order to address vague language and unconstitutional elements in the measure.
The Missouri Department of Agriculture was then tasked with writing the rules for the implementation of the law.
The associated rules unlawfully expanded the reach of government and were written to allow the Missouri Department of Agriculture to apply the rules inconsistently and unfairly, and to make compliance impossible for most current licensees.
Under state law, Hagler was required to work with a 13 member advisory committee to assist in the drafting of the rules for this law. No such committee was formed, and according to sworn testimony and a private conversation with Mark Patterson of The Cavalry Group, Matt Rold, Animal Care Facilities Act Coordinator for Missouri Department of Agriculture, indicated that Hagler disregarded State Law, disbanding the committee in early 2009.
Rold also indicated that Hagler produced the rules with significant direction and input from his friend, Bob Baker of the Missouri Alliance for Animal Legislation, a close ally of the anti-agriculture, animal rights group, Humane Society of the United States.
In September of 2012, The Cavalry Group, a national member based company which defends animal owners and animal related businesses, filed suit against the State of Missouri and the Missouri Department of Agriculture on the grounds that elements of the law are unconstitutional, arbitrary, and capricious.
Attorneys for the State of Missouri now claim that Hagler should be exempt from deposition because testifying would subject Director Hagler to undue “harassment, annoyance, or oppression.”
The Cavalry Group president, Mindy Patterson, released the following statement about Hagler's evasion: "75 percent of Missouri's lawful, licensed dog breeders were driven out of business in 2012 resulting in a loss of $1 Billion to the Missouri economy. The small business owners affected by Dr. Hagler's unfair and illegal writing and implementation of the rules deserve answers. It is time for him to quit hiding behind the veil of his title and take responsibility for his actions. The people of Missouri deserve the truth."
The Cavalry Group