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3-Strikes Ranch owner to face trial after waiving prelim

Jason Meduna in Court

One over 100 Mustangs found starved to death on Jason Maduna's ranch

One of over 100 Mustangs found starved to death on Jason Maduna's ranch

The owner of the mustang outpost in Morrill County waived his right to a preliminary hearing and will now face trial in Morrill County District Court. Forty-two year old Jason Meduna is charged with 149 felony counts of animal abuse regarding the malnourishment and death of horses and burros found on the 3-Strikes Ranch south of Alliance.

Meduna appeared in court with his wife Anissa and his lawyer John S. Berry Jr. of the Berry Law Firm, based in Lincoln, Neb. Berry was reluctant to comment if the 149 counts are excessive.

Judge G. Glenn Cammer set Meduna’s arraignment in district court for July 14th at 1:30 pm.

If convicted Meduna could receive up to 5 years in prison, up to a $10,000 fine or both for each felony.

Morrill County Attorney Jean Rhodes says the investigation is continuing.

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  1. 149 counts at $10,000 each Hmmm $1,490,000. He won’t be able to pay that if he’s in jail (149 x 5 years each) 745 years, plus he’s already 43. He’ll be older than Methuselah if they throw the book at him. That’s not the point though is it. Nothing can undo what’s been done. Probably even more horses that those whose death he’s charged with died and the 200+ that survived suffered as well, and most humans who abuse animals don’t draw the line there. Naturally human nature makes me want to see justice served in this and every other case of abuse & neglect and I’d like to see it make headlines on the evening news, not just in our chat rooms, blogs and journals. I think every case of abuse & neglect in the USA, whether animal or child should make us Americans embarrased if we don’t do everything in our power to stop it.

    I wonder if he, (Jason Meduna) will still try to claim that someone was poisoning the mustangs in his “care” and not that there wasn’t any food or water for the horses. I still think it’s a miracle that Jerry Fitch, (Habitat for Horses),got there in time and helped arrange a joint effort to save over 200 survivors, that the local law enforcement immediately stepped in to document the dead, (and open pits of carcasses) and the conditions at the ranch and to process the paperwork to let the remaining survivors be moved to safety, that local neighbors in Nebraska and other rescue volunteers and agencies from across the country worked together in such a short time to feed and care for the survivors, get them veterinary care, and find each and every one of them a place in either an adoptive home or mustang sanctuary. I wish this story made headline news along with the BLM’s hush hush plan to “eliminate” the remaining mustangs.

    “A righteous man cares for the needs of his animal, but the kindest acts of the wicked are cruel.”


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