A Minnesota Problem: Puppy and Kitten Mills



Help protect dogs and cats in breeding facilities. Learn more. Speak up. Spread the word

News, Action, and Updates

• ACTION: If you know of or suspect a dog or cat breeder who may require a breeder license, report it: Report It

• NEWS: To get the breeder bill passed, compromises needed to be made. One compromise that disturbed everyone, except for the MN Pet Breeder's Assoc. and others in support of secrecy: data secrecy. READ: In Minnesota, pet breeders' records kept secret

For language of law and further information: MN Dog and Cat Breeder Law

• LEARN MORE: The MN Dog and Cat Breeder Regulation Bill was signed into law on May 20, 2014 by Governor Mark Dayton. The law became effective as of July 1, 2014. Learn more: Dog and Cat Breeder Regulation

• NEWS: On January 15, 2014, the USDA license of Kenneth Schroeder (dog dealer) in Wells, MN, was revoked by the USDA.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 puppies and dogs. Bell is appealing. 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

PET STORES : The role of pet stores. READ: Pet Stores



Report it


Sign petition


Tell your story

Download materials



Animals make us better humans.


©2011 Animal Folks Minnesota - Home - Contact