Nebraska Mustang Trainer Arrested for Cruelty

The operator of a Nebraska training ranch and sanctuary for Bureau of Land Management (BLM) mustangs is facing cruelty charges in connection with the alleged maltreatment of an undisclosed number of animals.

On Saturday, Morrill County authorities arrested Jason Meduna, operator of the 3-Strikes Ranch in Alliance, Neb., for animal cruelty, according to Morrill County Chief Deputy Scott Streeks. No further details were available.

The arrest took place during ongoing investigations by county authorities and the BLM.

According to the 3-Strikes Ranch Web site, Meduna trained BLM mustangs that had been repeatedly passed over for purchase or adoption. Meduna had acquired more than 210 wild horses and burros since 2007, said BLM spokesperson Cindy Wertz.

BLM investigators removed one adopted horse from the ranch prior to Meduna's arrest, Wertz said.

As the investigations continue, the horses remain at the ranch under the care of volunteers.

"The horses are still on the property and are being fed," Streeks said.

Meduna was not available for comment.

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Pat Raia

Pat Raia is a veteran journalist who enjoys covering equine welfare, industry, and news. In her spare time, she enjoys riding her Tennessee Walking Horse, Sonny.

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