Missouri Governor Jay Nixon and his wife, Georganne, along with state director of agriculture Dr. Jon Hagler, get a closer look as Julia Kelley cuts the matted hair from a yorkee puppy at the Humane Society in St. Louis on April 9, 2009. Gov. Nixon visited the Society, where dozens of dogs seized through the Missouri Department of Agriculture's ‘Operation Bark Alert' now await adoption. Gov. Nixon toured the facility and spoke with Humane Society staff and members of the public about his administration's efforts to step up enforcement of laws that regulate dog breeders and ensure safe and sanitary conditions for animals.