Arrest Made After 200 Cattle Found Dead at Nebraska Feedlot

April 10, 2019 12:33 PM
Aaron Ogren, 30, of Exeter, Nebraska, has been arrested and charged with multiple counts of animal cruelty after more than 200 cattle died on a feedlot.

Authorities in Nebraska have arrested and charged a man with multiple crimes after more than 200 cattle were found dead at a feedlot.

According to a news release from the Nebraska State Patrol, Aaron Ogren, 30, of Exeter, was arrested by Fillmore County Sheriff’s Deputies on April 9 without an incident.

Orgen was arrested following a warrant that charged him with one count of theft by unlawful taking, two counts of prohibited sale of livestock, and 26 counts of cruelty to animals.

The arrest follows an investigation by the Nebraska Brand Committee, Fillmore County Sheriff’s Office, and the Nebraska State Patrol that started after more than 200 deceased cattle were reported at a feedlot. In addition to the dead cattle there was also a horse that died in an alleged case of animal neglect.

On April 4, authorities removed more than 200 other cattle that were found to be in questionable to poor condition at the property. Those remaining animals were removed and had been placed on a nearby ranch to be cared for.

Previous Court Cases Against Ogren

This isn’t the first time that Ogren and his business partners have faced legal troubles because of his care for cattle. A news report from KLKN-TV found that in 2018 a rancher from South Dakota removed cows and calves that were under Ogren’s care because they were malnourished. The South Dakota producer was short 76 calves and 7 cows on his count, too.

“They are flat our criminals and they need to go to jail,” says Mike Pavel, a rancher from Lesterville, South Dakota, who formerly housed his cattle at the feedlot.

According to court documents Orgen, Eva Turbiville and Ogren Brother’s Trucking manage the feedlot. Pavel was awarded nearly $300,000 through a lawsuit against the feedlot owners.

Another lawsuit against the feedlot owners awarded an Idaho woman $160,000 in damages after her cattle went missing and were malnourished while under the feedlots’ care from February 2017 to July 2018.

Sources told KLKN-TV that the cattle that had recently died or been removed from the feedlot were owned by someone in Colorado. The cattle that are currently alive are being monitored by a veterinarian.

Ogren is being held at the Fillmore County Jail and is scheduled to appear in court on April 10. The investigation is still ongoing.

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Spell Check

Michele Jordan
Gridley , KS
4/11/2019 11:38 AM

  This is beyond sad and another fine example of someone who is in this business just for the money. It’s a shame that people like this are allowed to operate such a business in this industry. My next biggest question is where were the state ag inspectors during all this time. Isn’t. It there job to inspect these type of operations. I’ve hauled cattle all my life and if I deliver cattle to any place and suspect that there is any type of cruelty going on I call the owner of the cattle or someone and report the abuse. Personally I think those that are facing charges should endure the cruelty that they made these animals endure. I truly feel sorry not for the livestock that suffered but for the owners and the financial lose they suffered

West Brooklyn, IL
4/11/2019 07:33 PM

  This kind of stuff goes on at kill pens where horses are kept. It seems like the law or government doesn't want to be bothered with what goes on with our animals in this country. Isn't it about time some of these places are shut down?? Aren't there any inspectors out there??

Quapaw, OK
4/11/2019 11:25 PM

  It's not right for any of God's creation to have to suffer at the hands of so called people or caretakers like this it's just not right and they should have to pay big time, I don't know what they're thinking or feeling but I have always tried very hard to take care of my own animals and when I lose even one of anything it always makes me feel like a failure and I hate that feeling, and when I take care of somebody else's animals I always treat it like it was my own, and besides God has blessed us with the knowledge too take care of his creation that is why they are here and why we are here, and those types of people surely will answer to God for what they did when the time comes and they also know that they will pay for what they have done .


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