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Case ID: 6147
Classification: Neglect / Abandonment
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Saturday, May 31, 1997

County: Williams

Disposition: USDA Citation

Person of Interest: Lila Smith

In June 1997, the U.S. Department of Agriculture and Lila Smith, a licensed animal dealer doing business in Springbrook, N.D., agreed to a consent decision and order regarding violations of the Animal Welfare Act.

Smith neither admitted nor denied any violations of the AWA but agreed to a civil penalty of $4,000. Of that penalty, $1,000 is suspended and $3,000 is to be used for repairs to the facility.

"Innovative settlement agreements such as this work not only to promote future compliance with the law, but to provide for better living conditions for the animals," said W. Ron DeHaven, acting deputy administrator for animal care with the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, a part of USDA's marketing and regulatory programs mission area.

APHIS inspectors found noncompliance items in the areas of housing, waste disposal, and recordkeeping.


  • USDA - June 16, 1997

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