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Forum staff reports, Published April 17 2012

Dog breeder facing animal cruelty charges

HASTINGS, Minn. – A Dakota County dog breeder is accused of drowning puppies in a bucket and another dog in a pool.

Dayna Kristine Bell, 61, is facing 16 counts of animal cruelty. She owns Bell Kennels and Farm in Sciota Township.

Three former employees told police they witnessed Bell mistreating dogs. A criminal complaint says Bell placed four puppies in a bucket of water shortly after they were born and drowned them last September. A worker also said Bell tied a rope to a dog and the other end to a cinder block and threw it in a pool.