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By Chris Conte

Woman accused of abandoning puppies speaks


ROCHESTER (KTTC-DT) - A Grand Meadow woman accused of abandoning 17 puppies back in April says she has been wrongly accused.

Doreen Nelson never showed up for court in Rochester to face those animal cruelty charges last week, but she says it was because of medical emergency.

"I went to the court on Monday and told them I had been in the hospital all weekend," Nelson says.

The day those puppies were found, Nelson was in a Mower County Court Room facing animal cruelty, animal neglect and dog kenneling charges.

"I was charged with animal kenneling," she says about the incident.

The court ordered her to get rid of four of her eight dogs unless she got a kenneling license. Just five days later, an Olmsted County Sheriff's Deputy showed up at her door, to ask her if she knew anything about those 17 puppies abandoned in Rock Dell.

When asked, "Did drop these 17 puppies?" Nelson simply replied, "No."

Although court documents and the farmer who found those puppies say it was Nelson who left them along side the road, Nelson says she's been wrongly accused and has never had any puppies.

"I think it's just lack of evidence," she notes.

After missing last weeks court date, Nelson is scheduled to go before an Olmsted County Judge Thursday, facing three charges of animal mistreatment, including animal abandonment.

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