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Exeter cattle feeder sent to prison for animal neglect

A former Exeter feedlot operator is going to prison for theft and animal neglect.
A former Exeter feedlot operator is going to prison for theft and animal neglect.(Fillmore County Jail)
Published: Jan. 13, 2021 at 11:34 AM CST
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GENEVA, Neb. (KSNB) - Two years ago, 200 cattle were found dead on an Exeter man’s feedlot. Now he’s going to prison for trying to sell cattle he didn’t own and for cruelty to animals.

A judge sentenced Aaron Ogren, 32, to 15-20 years in prison for theft by unlawful taking. Ogren pleaded guilty to that charge in November. He also pleaded guilty to two counts of prohibited sale of livestock, three counts of attempted prohibited sale of livestock, and one count of cruelty to animals. He was sentenced to a total of 16 years in prison on those counts, which prison terms will be served concurrently, or at the same time, as the sentence for the theft charge. 36 other charges of cruelty to animals were dropped.

In March 2019, local and state officials removed about 200 surviving head of cattle from the feedlot about three miles northwest of Exeter at the beginning of April. Another 200 head of cattle were dead when investigators arrived on the scene.

At the time a state investigator told Local4 that the feedlot had an extremely sloppy build-up of manure and it was extremely wet. When asked if the feedlot conditions could have been related to poor weather conditions, the investigator said that could have been a factor, but not to the extent he found at the Ogren feedlot..

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