PINE RIVER, Minn. (AP) — The owner of a northern Minnesota breeding operation where more than 130 dogs were seized earlier this month is charged with misdemeanor animal neglect.
The Cass County prosecutor’s office said Monday it filed a nine-count criminal complaint against 60-year-old Deborah Rowell.READ MORE: Wisconsin Hunters Blow Past Wolf Kill Target
The complaint says when officers executed a search warrant at Rowell’s kennel in Pine River on July 16, they found improper enclosures, inadequate ventilation, improper dog houses and inadequate shade and water.
Prosecutors say many dog houses didn’t have the required elevation to keep dogs and bedding from mixing with waste and rainwater. Many of the water containers appeared to have dirty, green water.READ MORE: Longfellow Rising: The Rebirth Of Minneapolis' Epicenter Of Unrest
Authorities seized 133 dogs, including 29 puppies.
Rowell did not immediately return a phone message Monday. She makes her first court appearance Aug. 19MORE NEWS: Family Shocked To Find Water In Gas Tank - And More Shocked By How It Got There
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