New Charges Against Nebraska Mustang Ranch Operator

The operator of a Nebraska training ranch and sanctuary for Bureau of Land Management (BLM) mustangs and burros now faces more than 140 counts of felony animal cruelty in connection with the alleged maltreatment of animals seized from his property in April.

Jason C. Meduna, operator of 3-Strikes Ranch, appeared in Morrill County Court on Wednesday. County Attorney Jean Rhodes entered an amended complaint containing 149 counts of class 4 felony Cruel Neglect of Animal.

Each charge carries penalties of up to 5 years in jail and up to $10,000 in fines.

A preliminary hearing has been set for June 17.

Meduna was originally charged with one count of animal cruelty after Morrill County law enforcement authorities discovered 211 allegedly emaciated mustangs, burros, and mules at the ranch, along with the carcasses of another 74. The additional charges are the result of an ongoing investigation.

Meduna was unavailable for comment.

Habitat for Horses, a Texas-based rescue, and the Lifesavers Wild Horse Rescue of California received custody of seized animals. All have been placed in adoptive homes.

"Everybody's doing fine," said Habitat for Horses President Jerry Finch.

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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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