Minnesota Woman Convicted of Animal Cruelty
HASTINGS, Minn. (AP) – A Dakota County dog kennel owner accused of drowning puppies has been convicted of felony animal cruelty.
A jury on Friday convicted 62-year-old Dayna Bell of Northfield on 13 counts. She was acquitted on one count.
A criminal complaint says employees at Bell Kennels and Farm saw her drown puppies in buckets of water or by throwing them in a swimming pool with a cinder block tied to their necks.
The complaint says Dakota County sheriff’s deputies searched Bell Kennels in September of 2011 and found 10 small dogs in a freezer.
Bell’s attorney, Stephen Grigsby, says the conviction likely will be appealed.
Bell remains free on bail until her sentencing scheduled for Jan. 14.