Dakota County Attorney James Backstrom announced that Dayna Kristine Bell, age 62 of Northfield, was found guilty late today of 13 counts of felony animal cruelty in connection with the deaths of numerous puppies and dogs in her care in September of 2011. Bell is the owner and operator of Bells Kennels in Sciota Township. A Dakota County Jury deliberated for about 7 hours.
Backstrom commented: “We are pleased the jury held her accountable for these egregious actions.”
Backstrom praised Assistant County Attorney Jessica Bierwerth, who prosecuted the case. Backstrom thanked the Dakota County Sheriff’s Office for their thorough investigation.
Judge Tim Wermager ordered a pre-sentence investigation and set the sentencing date for January 14, 2014 at 9 a.m. in Hastings.
If you have questions, contact James Backstrom at 651-438-4440.