Meduna jailed for possessing horses

A former Morrill County rancher convicted of abusing horses abuse is back in jail.

The Star-Herald reports Goshen County authorities arrested 46-year-old Jason Meduna for a parole violation for allegedly possessing horses.

Meduna was convicted in January 2010 on 145 counts of cruel neglect of an animal and was ordered not to possess any animals for a period of 30 years. However, he had been found by a probation official to be in possession of animals, including horses.

Capt. Bryan Morehouse of the Goshen County Sheriff's Department told the Star-Herald that "No allegations of abuse had been made, but, he did have animals, including horses, in his possession."

Meduna had been living near Lingle, under the alias "Jesse Raiter." Morehouse said that he believed Meduna had been living at his current location for less than a year.

Meduna remains in the Goshen County jail while Nebraska and Wyoming decide who will handle the parole violation case.

In April 2009, Morrill County authorities had arrested Meduna after authorities serving a search warrant found 211 neglected horses, burros, mules, foals and a pony at Meduna's 3-Strikes Ranch south of Alliance. Authorities found a total of 74 horses and burros dead at the ranch.

Authorities and veterinarians found horses wasting away from lack of feed and suffering from parasitic infection and other medical conditions caused by malnutrition and neglect.

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