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Northfield Woman Accused of Drowning Puppies

Dayna Kristine Bell, 61, is charged with 16 counts of animal cruelty.

UPDATED: 11 a.m. Wednesday

A Northfield woman charged with 16 counts of animal cruelty for allegedly killing dogs has posted bond and is allowed to continue to .

Dayna Kristine Bell, 61, who owns and operates Bell Kennels in Sciota Township, just northeast of Northfield, posted a $50,000 bond on Tuesday after making her first appearance in Dakota County District Court on the charges.

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Original story posted at 9 a.m. Tuesday


A Northfield woman has been charged with 16 counts of animal cruelty for allegedly killing dogs at her kennel.

Dayna Kristine Bell, 61, owns and operates Bell Kennels in Sciota Township.

According to a criminal complaint filed in Dakota County District Court, the Dakota County Sheriff's Office received a report of cruelty and maltreatment of animals by Bell in September 2011.

A witness reported that Bell was drowning puppies, in one case taking a rope that was attached to a cinder block and tying it around a puppy's neck and throwing the block and puppy into a pool, according to the complaint.

The witness also told authorities that Bell claimed to break the neck of a small dog that bit her.

Another witness, charges allege, told police that Bell put a puppy in a bucket of water and then placed another bucket on top to hold the puppy down. 

When investigators searched Bell's property, they found 10 small breed adult dogs in individual plastic bags in a freezer chest believed to have been put in the freezer while still wet, according to the complaint.

"The abuse of animals in the manner alleged in this criminal complaint is unconscionable," Dakota County Attorney James Backstrom said in a press release.

Eight of the 16 charges are felonies. Each charge carries a maximum penalty of two years in prison and/or a $5,000 fine.

Bell is expected to make her first court appearance Tuesday morning.

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Emily Randolph April 19, 2012 at 04:14 AM
The rescue community has created a page on facebook to encourage everyone outraged about this story to join our efforts to have our voices heard. Allowing this woman to post bond and return home to the very animals she has been mistreating is nothing but a blatant loophole in the system. http://www.facebook.com/pages/No-Excuse-for-Bells-Kennels/195669547219448
Corey Butler Jr. April 19, 2012 at 05:48 PM
Thanks, Emily. I've put a story together about the Facebook group. http://patch.com/A-s7Nb
Puppy Owner April 19, 2012 at 08:23 PM
Jeanne - what did you report her for 2 years ago? I too have a puppy from her who has some very concerning socialization issues. Just curious what you saw/thought when you were there? Thanks!
Celina Fiorino April 20, 2012 at 09:39 AM
Why was she arrested for animal abuse and not MURDER?! She didn't just abuse dogs and puppies, she KILLED them! She should not have been allowed to post bail, or be in contact with the very animals she threatens!!!
jeanne wilton April 22, 2012 at 03:33 PM
Puppy Owner, I did not say I was there. It was reported as puppy mill. Sorry about your pup, at least it got out and is loved, keep on loving it!!!!!!

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