Dogs seized from Pine River breeding operation up for adoption


After a Pine River breeder charged with animal neglect failed to regain custody of more than 200 dogs seized from her property, the Animal Humane Society can now place the animals up for adoption.

The Star Tribune reports 75 puppies and 65 dogs will be initially available beginning Saturday at five Twin Cities adoption centers. The remaining dogs will be moved to Humane Society locations as they become ready for placement.

Breeds range from golden retrievers to German shepherds to Alaskan huskies to cocker spaniels, the newspaper said.

More than 100 grown dogs, many pregnant, and nearly 30 puppies found living in poor living conditions were removed from the property of 60-year-old Beatrice Rowell on July 16.

After several puppies were born, the Humane Society was caring for more than 200 dogs while custody issues were being sorted out.

FOX 9 says the animals couldn't be put up for adoption until Rowell's appeal of the seizure was complete.

The Humane Society has locations in Golden Valley, Buffalo, Coon Rapids, St. Paul and Woodbury. The non-profit says adoption profiles will be posted online by 9 p.m. on Friday.

In August, Rowell pleaded not guilty to eight misdemeanors and one petty misdemeanor. The Brainerd Dispatch reports a jury trial is scheduled for Monday in Cass County District Court.

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