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How many Pine River Puppy Mill Raids will it take to change laws? That’s up to you.

November 11, 2013 Leave a comment Go to comments

Puppy mill kennelsOn July 16th of this year, a Minnesota puppy mill was raided and 130 dogs were rescued from horrific conditions. For months, these dogs and their puppies (many born after they were rescued) were kept in limbo as the court case against the puppy mill owner wound its way through the Minnesota court system.

Deborah Beatrice Rowell, was charged with seven misdemeanors and two petty misdemeanors for animal cruelty (misdemeanor charges carry a 90 days in jail and or a $1,000 fine). In the end, she got a plea deal and pled guilty to one count of failure to provide dogs with adequate shade. She was ordered to pay a $135 fine and is now back in business. Unbelievable isn’t it?

Meanwhile the Animal Humane Society (AHS) spent $200,000 caring for the animals and giving them long overdue vet care and vaccinations. A grant from the ASPCA made the raid possible and helped to give these dogs a chance at a new home and a new life. The puppy mill owner responsible for the conditions of these dogs? $135 fine.

If you find yourself saying any of the following right now…

“She should be in jail!”

“How can they let her off with $135 fine? That’s horrible!”

“The laws have got to change. She shouldn’t be able to get away with this.”

“How can they let her be back in business? That’s not right!”

You’re right.

She should be in jail.

She shouldn’t have been let off with $135 fine and allowed to be back in business again.

The laws have got to change.

And you know how that happens?

Through YOU.

It takes you to…

  • Get involved and call a legislator when the puppy mill bill comes up again.
  • Write a quick note to committee members and ask them to support the bill.
  • Share the information with your friends and family and ask them to take action.
  • Join the rally at the capital.
  • Speak up.

Laws don’t change unless someone cares enough to speak up. Elected officials are swayed by their constituents, but only if they speak up.

Words left unspoken fall on deaf ears.

Need motivation? Watch the video AHS put together of the Pine River raid and the dogs they helped.

If care about dogs like Blue #9, then take action. Help us change the laws so this doesn’t have to happen again.

We don’t need another puppy miller getting off with just a $135 fine.


  1. November 11, 2013 at 11:12 PM

    Great story,, thanks for sharing.

  2. Mel
    November 12, 2013 at 6:33 AM

    And I am glad you do. I do too.

  3. November 12, 2013 at 9:29 AM

    This breaks my heart, and hopefully inspires many. Thank you for sharing.

  4. Victoria Carter
    November 12, 2013 at 10:07 AM

    Absolutely disgusting! I’m glad most of the dogs, if not all by now, had a happy ending, but I am seriously upset that the irresponsible breeder was allowed to ‘go back to work’. Ugh!

  5. November 13, 2013 at 9:52 AM

    Wow, this is absolutely unbelievable! This post has completely inspired me. You are so right, words left unspoken fall on deaf ears!

  6. February 6, 2014 at 1:34 AM

    A funding made the raid possible and assisted to give these doggies an opportunity at a new family and a new life.

  7. Lynn
    October 3, 2014 at 7:55 PM

    This woman was reported over the years, she for some reason has gotten away with all the abuse…even the Pine River police brought her dogs that were brought in to her as strays and she made money that way…she would also make her horses go without water in the winter, making them eat the snow…no shelter of any kind…this woman is not invisible, nor are the dogs and other animals she has, please sign any petition you can to get her to be stopped…cannot rap my mind around the fact that the County, Cass County just slapped her hands and that was it…she even burned puppies that were weak in a fire and did not care if the fire was hot or not…, and her own daughter had her scalp nearly taken off from one of her male shepherd’s who never got out of his pen his whole life and he ran in circles one way as if he was mad…he was protecting his females in heat, and at 7 years old her daughter went in the pen and was nearly killed…go figure, how can this woman, who has such a criminal repore with animals continue to get away with the abuse… she is now breeding and selling dogs on her stable in Pine River, a riding stable to boot where kids go and ride, are you kidding! This needs to end, plz everyone who reads this sign a petition and lets get this over with.

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