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    Debe Bell Guilty - 35 counts of Animal Cruelty

    A Jefferson County jury found Debe Bell, 59, guilty of 35 counts of animal cruelty for the treatment of rabbits on her property, Six Bells Farm, in Arvada. Following a five-day trial, the jury began deliberation at 2:30 on January 27th and deliberated until 5:30 p.m. before they returned their verdicts.

    Following up on a Crime Stoppers tip, the Jefferson County Sheriff Animal Control officers went to Six Bells Farm, at 12820 W. 75th Avenue, in Arvada, on July 21, 2011, to conduct a welfare check on rabbits at the property owned and operated by Debe Bell.

    Animal Control officers found deplorable conditions in a shed where 193 rabbits were housed. The shed was hot, 84 degrees, with little light and inadequate ventilation. The cages housing the rabbits were urine-soaked, caked in feces, and had little or no food. With few exceptions, they had no water. The animals were dehydrated. Many were severely matted, some with urine and feces matted and caked into their fur.

    Bell raises and breeds rabbits. She had previously been licensed as a small animal breeder, but at the time the rabbits were removed from her

    Pam Russell
    DA Public Information

    January 31, 2012

    Last Updated: 6-20-2013
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