Pine River Kennel Owner Charged with Animal Neglect

By KBJR News 1

Pine River Kennel Owner Charged with Animal Neglect

July 30, 2013 Updated Jul 30, 2013 at 10:58 AM CST

Pine River, MN (NNCNOW.com) --- A Pine River woman has been charged with nine counts of animal neglect after authorities seized 130 dogs and puppies from the suspect's property.

60 year old Deborah Beatrice Rowell has been charged with Animal Neglect, Deprivation of Animals of Necessary Shelter, Improper Enclosure, Failure to Provide Dogs with Adequate Ventilation, Improper Dog House, Failure to Provide Dogs with Adequate Shade, Lack of Shade for Dogs Kept Outdoors, Deprivation of Animals of Necessary Water and Failure to Provide Dogs with Adequate Water.

Officers executed a search warrant at the suspect's residence along the 1100 Block of County Road 1E in Pine River on July 16th.

Authorities say that multiple dogs were being housed in overcrowded dog houses and runs, many of which did not meet statutory requirements for elevation to keep dogs and bedding from mixing with waste and rain water.

The criminal complaint also states that many of the water containers appeared to have dirty, green colored water with one bucket containing a dead rodent.

Temperatures in the kennel were reported to be between 91 and 97 degrees with very little ventilation and inadequate shade.

102 dogs and 29 puppies were removed from the property. Authorities say all of the animals have been taken down to Twin Cities shelters.

Rowell's initial court appearance is set for August 19th.

Posted to the web by Krista Burns
kburns@kbjr.com

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