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Recent changes to Animal Care rules in Missouri apply for all commercial breeders in Missouri. Changes to the rules include requirements to provide continuous access to potable water, an annual examination by a licensed veterinarian and a documented plan of care for any necessary medical treatment. The rules also ban wire strand flooring in all new construction immediately and set out the larger space requirements by the law.

Program of Veterinary Care

Each licensee subject to the Animal Care Facilities Act is responsible for providing necessary veterinary care to all dogs.

According to the Missouri Solution, Missouri dog breeders with existing facilities must implement new veterinary standards during 2012 and double the size of their enclosures by Jan. 1, 2012. Newly constructed facilities and all facilities after 2016 should meet the additional size requirements and construction standards.

Animal Care Spacing Requirements

As part of those changes, additional space requirements will be phased in during 2012 and 2016.

Visit here to access an easy to use spacing requirement calculator.

Constant and Unfettered Access

Except as prescribed by rule, enclosures housing adult dogs must provide constant and unfettered access to an attached outdoor run.

General exemptions include the following:

  1. Documented treatment for veterinary purposes.
  2. Whelping- two weeks prior to due date to eight weeks post partum.
  3. Temperatures below 45 degrees Fahrenheit or temperatures above 85 degrees Fahrenheit, or during a severe weather alert.
  4. From dusk to dawn.
  5. To comply with municipal zoning ordinances.

Animal Care Flooring

According to 2 CSR 30-9.010, wire strand flooring means pliable metallic strands in any length or diameter, mesh or grill-type, with or without a coating, and used for a surface on which an animal stands. Approved flooring means elevated flooring used for a surface on which an animal stands, approved by the state veterinarian, and listed below by description of manufacturer and specifications, as revised, except that for any enclosure newly constructed after April 15, 2011, and for all enclosures as of Jan. 1, 2016, flooring meeting the definition of wire strand shall be prohibited and ineligible as approved flooring;

Approved Flooring Manufacturers and Specifications

Please Note: The flooring on this list does not automatically qualify as compliant. Any flooring used in any ACFA-licensed facility must be constructed of materials strong enough to prevent sagging and with openings that will not allow the animals’ feet to pass through any openings in the floor.

Structural Plastic Flooring

Manufacturer/Distributor:

Double L Group, Ltd.
FarmTek
Menards
Southwest Agri-Plastics, Inc.
Southwest Agri-Plastics, Inc.
Southwest Agri-Plastics, Inc.
Southwest Agri-Plastics, Inc.
Vencomatic North America
Vittetoe, Inc.
Vittetoe, Inc.

Specifications:

VersaPad Kennel Flooring, 24” X 48 5/8” X .5”, 3/4” square openings
24” X 48”, 7/8” square openings
Versa Tile w/ Drainage 18" X 18"
Duraslat 7/8”
Duraslat 1.1”
Dura-Tuff 18” X 24” polymer slats, 7/16” slotted
Dura-Tuff 24” X 24” polymer slats, 7/16” slotted
Vencoslat (T2), 45.3”X22.6” Polypropylene
Filter-Eeze Advantage Flooring 24” X 24” polymer slats, 7/16” slotted
Filter-Eeze Maxima Flooring 12” X 24” X 1” interlocking 3/8” slotted

Expanded Metal with Flexible Plastic Coated Flooring

Manufacturer/Distributor:

D & D Kennel Buildings & Supplies
Hunte Kennel Systems
Ridglan Animal Care Systems
Ridglan Animal Care Systems
Ridglan Animal Care Systems
Ridglan Animal Care Systems
Ridglan Animal Care Systems
Ridglan Animal Care Systems
Ridglan Animal Care Systems
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Specifications:

3/4” #10 Flat
3/4” #9 Flat
CR2 14 Gauge, 9/16” Slotted, Flat
Comfort Rack 14 Ga., 9/16” X 1 ½”, Oval, Flat
Expanded Metal, 3/4” #9, Flat
Expanded Metal, 3/4" #9, Non-Flat
3/4" 15 Diamond
Expanded Metal, 1 1/2" #6, Non-Flat
CR3, 14 gauge, 3/8" slotted
Shor-Line 21.375" X 27.750" Flooring Inserts, Flat, Round Hole 24" Kennel
3/8” X 5/8” Lemon Pattern Flattened
5/8” #13 Flat
3/4" #9 Flat
3/4" #9 Non-Flat
1” #9 Non-Flat
1 ½” #9 Non-Flat
1 1/2" #6 Flat
1 ½” #6 Non-Flat
3/4" coated square TF plastisol coated 5/8 HD LC
1” coated square TF plastisol coated 5/8 HD LC
Tendernova .192" 13/32" x 1 1/2" Slots

Galvanized Expanded Metal Flooring

Manufacturer/Distributor:

Ahrens Steel and Welding

Specifications:

3/4" #9 flat expanded metal galvanized

Pre-manufactured Slatted Flooring

Manufacturer/Distributor:

Kennel Deck Company

Specifications:

2’ X 4’ Prefabricated Plastic Panel 3 5/8” Slats with 3/8” Spacing