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News, Action, and Updates

NOTICE: This website provides data on Minnesota puppy mills and legislative action, and general animal cruelty issues. A new Animal Folks website is under construction to reflect our broader mission. Thank you for your patience.

APPOINTMENT: Governor Mark Dayton appointed Dr. Graham Brayshaw as a board member to the MN Board of Animal Health, replacing Dr. Holly Neaton. One duty of the Board is to administer and enforce the Commerical Breeders Licensing and Enforcement law which deals with the licensing and regulation of commercial dog and cat breeding facilities in Minnesota.

• DOG BY DOG DOCUMENTARY: On June 2 at the Minnesota History Center, Animal Folks is hosting a screening of the documentary Dog By Dog. To learn more and to purchase tickets, go to: Dog By Dog

• VETERINARY MANUAL: Reporting Animal Cruelty. With the help of local and national experts in animal forensics, Animal Folks has created a manual to assist veterinarians in Minnesota in setting up clinic protocols to identify and report animal cruelty. For a copy of this manual, go to: Veterinary Manual.

NEWS ABOUT CLEARWATER KENNELS: The USDA had filed a complaint against Clearwater Kennels (owner Wanda Kretzman) for willfully violating the Animal Welfare Act. Rather than a revocation of the kennel's license, a settlement agreement was made with minimal consequences. The kennel is still operating, now under the ownership of the daughter-in-law of Kretzman. Learn more at: News - Clearwater


• DATABANK: Animal Folks is conducting a statewide study of animal cruelty cases in Minnesota with volunteers from 3M Legal Affairs. We are gathering cruelty case documents for analysis. This data will allow us to assess the type of crimes committed, species harmed, sentencing orders, and other factors which can then be used for animal law training and cruelty prevention programs. See 3M report (p 7) for mention of project and our great partners.

• NEWS: The Town Board for Lynden Township (in Stearns County) voted to revoke the Conditional Use Permit (CUP) of Valorie Muggli (now LaBeau), a dog breeder operating. Learn more at: News - LaBeau 

NEWS: The Winona County Board of Commissioners voted to approve applications from six commercial dog kennels to operate within their county. Animal Folks had submitted a complaint against one applicant in 2012 to the Sheriff office. AF also submitted a document to the Board requesting denial. Learn more: News - Winona County


LEARN MORE — PUPPY MILLS: For examples of Minnesota dog breeder cases resulting in animal cruelty convictions (Bauck, Rowell, Bell), go to: Issue

BREEDER LICENSING: As of July 1, 2015, licensure for commercial dog and cat breeders (those who meet the definition per the Commercial Dog and Cat Breeder Law) became mandatory. The MN Board of Animal Health gave licenses to two of the largest breeders in the state — one with over 900 dogs and puppies and another with over 1,000 dogs and puppies, and also gave a license to Deb Rowell convicted of animal cruelty. Link: List of Licensees

CVI PROJECT: Animal Folks tracks sales of dogs from Minnesota breeders and dealers to out-of-state pet stores and dealers. Help support this project and other AF projects: donate. For examples of this data, go to: CVI Data  



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Animal Folks is devoted to systemic change: By partnering with authorities and other community members, Animal Folks is working to build a modern animal law enforcement system in Minnesota for the prevention of animal cruelty and improved enforcement of animal anti-cruelty laws. Animal Folks is a 501c3 nonprofit. Learn more.

Animal Folks MN - Legislative Action is the legislative arm of Animal Folks. As a 501c4 nonprofit, it handles legislative actions, including lobbying, advocacy and education. Learn more.


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