A Minnesota Problem: Puppy and Kitten Mills



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News, Action, and Updates

• NEWS: The MN Dog and Cat Breeder Regulation Bill has been moving forward in the MN Legislature. H.F. 84 was included in the House Omnibus Supplemental Appropriations Bill (H.F. 3172) and passed the House floor. It will go to conference committee soon. The Senate companion bill (S.F. 36) will also go to conference committee. Learn more: Follow the vote  

• NEWS: On January 15, 2014, the USDA license of Kenneth Schroeder (dog dealer) in Wells, MN, was revoked by the USDA. Schroeder has been operating for decades as a random source dog dealer buying and selling dogs to medical and educational institutions. Additional information about this case to be posted on this website. READ: CONSENT DECISION and COMPLAINT

• NEWS: On January 21, 2014, Wilbur Schmoll, horse trader, was sentenced to 180 days in jail (to serve 20; 7 already served), 2 years probation, $290 fines; and "no possession or control of equine without prior court approval." Over 50 horses, ponies and donkeys had been seized from his property in November 2013. Numerous carcasses found on property. READ: Schmoll sentenced 

NEWS: On January 17, 2014, Dayna Bell (dog breeder) was sentenced to 30 days in jail, 4 years supervised probation and other conditions. Bell had been found guilty of 13 counts of felony animal cruelty in 2013 with the deaths of numerous puppies and dogs. READ: News Dayna Bell, dog breeder

• NEWS: Deborah Rowell (USDA licensed dog breeder) pleaded guilty in early October 2013 to one count for inadequate shelter and shade, but Rowell is still allowed to breed dogs. Over 130 dogs/puppies were seized in July 2013 from her kennel. LEARN MORE: Breeder - Rowell

• NEWS: The USDA has revised the definition of "retail pet store" in the Animal Welfare Act to close the loophole for those who sell dogs and other pet animals over the Internet. LEARN MORE: AWA Licensing

• VIDEO: David Backes (Professional Hockey Player) and Kelly Backes speak up and support the MN Dog and Cat Breeder Bill. View: VIDEO

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