The Cass County Attorney's Office has filed a 9-count criminal complaint against the owner of a Pine River area puppy mill for violations of Minnesota's animal cruelty laws.
Deborah Beatrice Rowell's property was searched by the Cass County Sheriff's Office on July 16, and 102 dogs were found to be living in filthy and illegal conditions and were taken by the Sheriff's Office. The dogs, 29 of which were puppies, were found in hot, crowded conditions without adequate water, shelter, or ventilation.
Eight of the charges in the criminal complaint are misdemeanors, some carrying a maximum penalty of 90 days in jail and a $1,000 fine. The other charge is a petty misdemeanor. Her first court appearance is scheduled for August 19.