Mustang Trainer Faces Felony Animal Cruelty Charge

The operator of a Nebraska training ranch and sanctuary for Bureau of Land Management (BLM) mustangs is free on $20,000 bond after being charged with one count of Class 4 felony animal cruelty in connection with the alleged maltreatment of animals at his ranch. The charge carries penalties of up to 5 years in jail and up to $10,000 in fines.

On Saturday, Morrill County authorities arrested Jason Meduna, operator of the 3-Strikes Ranch in Alliance, Neb., for animal cruelty, according to Morrill County Sheriff John Edens.

The arrest took place during ongoing investigations by county authorities and the BLM. Edens said more charges could follow, depending upon the outcome of the probe.

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 (read more).

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

Meduna was unavailable for comment.

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