BLM Cites Co-Owner of Nebraska Mustang Ranch

The co-owner of a Nebraska training ranch from which 211 BLM mustangs and burros were recently removed faces federal charges for the alleged maltreatment of a mustang adopted in her name.

On April 16, the BLM cited Anissa Meduna, co owner of the 3-Strikes Ranch in Alliance, Neb., with one count of inhumane treatment of a wild horse or burro, said BLM spokesperson Cindy Wertz.

Meduna is the wife of ranch operator Jason Meduna and serves on the ranch's board of directors.

The charge carries a $300 fine. Meduna must pay the fine within 30 days or face prosecution, Wertz said.

The citation is the result of ongoing investigations into ranch operations. On April 18, Morrill County authorities charged Jason Meduna with one count of felony animal cruelty for the alleged maltreatment of animals at the ranch. If found guilty, he faces up to 5 years in jail and fines up to $10,000.

Last week, two humane groups assumed custody of 211 BLM mustangs and burros and removed them from 3-Strikes Ranch. Another 74 animals were discovered dead on the property.

The surviving animals are receiving rehabilitative care before moving on to new homes.

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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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