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Saturday, May 31, 1997County: Washburn
Disposition: USDA Citation
Persons of Interest:
» Sharon Marie Richards - Civil Case
» Vincent L Melton
» Burnie G Pauley
In June 1997, the U.S. Department of Agriculture and Sharon Marie Richards, an animal dealer doing business as Dun-N-Black Ranch in Spooner, Wis., agreed to a consent decision and order regarding violations of the Animal Welfare Act.
Richards neither admitted nor denied any violations of the AWA but agreed to a civil penalty of $10,000 and a permanent license disqualification. The entire civil penalty is suspended provided Richards does not violate the AWA for the next 25 years.
The AWA requires that regulated individuals and businesses provide animals with care and treatment according to the standards established by APHIS. Animals protected by the law must be provided with adequate housing, handling, sanitation, food, water, transportation, veterinary care, and shelter.
- USDA - June 26, 1997
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