More than 30 animals seized in cruelty inquiry - Omaha.com
Published Saturday, December 21, 2013 at 1:00 am / Updated at 2:19 am
More than 30 animals seized in cruelty inquiry

Authorities have seized more than 30 animals from a Dodge County couple already facing animal-cruelty allegations.

Sheriff's deputies and animal control officers confiscated goats, horses, ponies, chickens, waterfowl and potbelly pigs Thursday after receiving a tip concerning the well-being of the animals, said Craig Harbaugh, an investigator with the Dodge County Sheriff's Office.

The animals, seized from a home rented by Roland and Lori Peterson, were malnourished and neglected, Harbaugh said.

No arrests were made.

Harbaugh said Friday that the animals were turned over to the Nebraska Humane Society and to some area farmers who could provide care for the larger animals.

Last week, the Petersons were in Dodge County Court on charges of animal cruelty after authorities found dead dogs, cats, horses and goats on the property.

Roland Peterson, 53, and Lori Peterson, 48, each is charged with four counts of felony animal cruelty. A judge set a preliminary trial date of Jan. 14.

A deputy filed arrest warrants for the pair Nov. 21 after investigating a complaint of animal abuse.

According to the warrants, deputies found and photographed more than two dozen animals in various stages of decay at 280 County Road 2 in rural Dodge County.

The deputy who filed the warrant wrote “that it appears obvious that the deceased animals were intentionally and recklessly abandoned.”

If convicted, the Petersons face up to five years in prison on each charge.

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