Owner of animal clinics in Gage County cited for animal neglect, following search warrant
BEATRICE - Law officers served a search warrant at two area veterinary clinics Thursday in an ongoing investigation into alleged livestock neglect and have cited the owner of the clinics.
Gage County Sheriff Millard Gustafson says the Gage County Sheriff’s Office executed a search warrant Thursday at Blue Valley Veterinary Clinic in Beatrice and Pickrell Veterinary Clinic in Pickrell. They have cited the owner of both clinics, 38-year-old Jennafer Glaesemann, of Beatrice for animal neglect.
The warrant was related to an investigation into alleged neglect of horses at those locations.
"While we were there, she was cited for 37 counts of livestock neglect as a result of the several weeks of investigation ongoing."
Authorities seized 33 horses and they were being transported to a facility for their care and welfare. Gustafson said some of the horses have died. "We've been working on this for a few weeks and during the time, some have passed away."
Gustafson would not comment on the specific health problems or conditions the horses had, saying its’ still an active investigation. "We're going to get a herd assessment on them, now that we have them at another location....and get a veterinarian to give us an opinion on it....and kind of go from that direction."
The sheriff’s office has been assisted by an investigator for the Nebraska Brand Committee.
"I was having a very difficult time trying to find a veterinarian to come in and give me an unbiased opinion of what they thought about the condition. We have used the brand inspector off and on, occasionally. I called him, and he came from the western area of the state. He is a certified officer...a state deputy sheriff....and he helped us extensively on working through the process. I can't say enough how much we appreciate him coming here.....he's been here two or three days and helped us out, quite a bit. We used some of his resources and knowledge."
Previously, the Gage County Sheriff's Office said it was looking into the welfare of horses in a central Gage County town. Sheriff's officers received several calls from citizens concerned for the well-being of livestock.