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Sunday, April 22, 2012
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Kennel owner Dayna Kristine Bell is charged with 16 counts of animal cruelty.
A Northfield woman has been charged with 16 counts of animal cruelty for allegedly killing dogs at her kennel after three former employees went to the police. Dayna Kristine Bell, 61, owns and operates Bells 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 dog'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. …