10/22/13 - 3:18pm
Deborah Beatrice Rowell of Pine River says she only pleaded guilty to an animal neglect charge because she didn’t believe she would get a fair trial, saying she was “blackmailed.”
Rowell, 60, pleaded guilty to one of nine animal neglect charges Oct. 14; the other eight charges were dismissed. Charges included eight misdemeanors and one petty misdemeanor. Rowell pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor.
The charges came after 133 dogs, including 29 puppies, were seized from her residence July 15. That number grew to 200 after some of the dogs had puppies.