Arrest made in Exeter livestock investigation

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LINCOLN, Neb. (Press Release) -- Investigators have arrested an Exeter man on numerous charges following a collaborative investigation with the Nebraska Brand Committee, Fillmore County Sheriff’s Office, and the Nebraska State Patrol.

Aaron Ogren, 30, of Exeter, was arrested by Fillmore County Sheriff’s Deputies Tuesday afternoon without incident. Earlier Tuesday, an arrest warrant was issued for Ogren on the charges of one count of theft by unlawful taking, two counts of prohibited sale of livestock, and 26 counts of cruelty to animals.

Ogren appeared in court on Wednesday morning and had his bond set at 10 percent of $300,000.

He did not post bond and remains in jail, and will appear next on May 1 in Filmore county.

Last week, investigators found more than 200 deceased cattle and one deceased horse on Ogren’s property near Exeter.

Additionally, more than 200 living cattle were removed from the property after having been found in questionable to poor condition. Those cattle were transported to a nearby ranch and have since received care.

According to court documents, authorities first went to Ogren's property when they went to speak to him about recovering cattle that belonged to two individuals from Colorado.

When investigators arrived, they saw a "few dead calves" while they waited for Ogren to arrive at the farm, court records show.

When investigators contacted Ogren, he said a bunch of the cattle had died due to the harsh winter, and when they walked the property, a "pile of dead calves" was seen outside of the pens, according to court documents.

Court records also state live cattle was seen standing knee high in filth, drinking from dirty water puddles on the manure-covered ground, and multiple dead cattle ranging from newborn to full grown.

This led to investigators getting a search warrant for the home and the arrest of Ogren.

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