A 31-year-old southeast Nebraska man has been sentenced to 15 to 20 years in prison for letting more than 200 cattle die and for selling livestock he didn't own. Aaron Ogren, of Exeter, was sentenced Tuesday on seven charges. He initially faced 43 counts after being arrested last April when sheriff's deputies found more than 200 dead cattle on land near Exeter. Ogren was supposed to be caring for the cattle. Several other cattle later died because they were in such poor condition when they were found. Authorities said Ogren also sold livestock he didn't own.

A medium-size dog with long golden fur sniffs at a large tube. The dog is surrounded by hay bales.
Omaha Barn Hunt Fun-addicts


Rusty the 7-month-old dalmatian is having the time of his life. He is face-to-face with a little white rat, who — don’t worry — is safely inside a cage.  

Petting Zoo Prepares For Legal Fight With Humane Society

Sep 9, 2020

An Omaha petting zoo wants its animals back. Nine animals deemed wild by the Nebraska Humane Society were removed from Scatter Joy Acres through a city ordinance. The petting zoo says it has the proper permits and documentation for the animals. Scatter Joy Acres has filed a formal complaint with the City of Omaha and sent a letter to the Humane Society threatening legal action.

The calf was born April 16 to Dottie, a 19-year-old female giraffe, and Jawara, a 10-year-old male. The third calf born by Dottie, it weighed 152 pounds and measured around 6 feet tall a day after birth.

Dottie and the calf are on display to zoo guests in a separate area of the giraffe exhibit before they're introduced to the rest of the herd in the upcoming weeks. There are currently 11 giraffes at the Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium — one male and 10 females, including the new calf.

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — A pygmy hippopotamus calf is on display at the Henry Doorly Zoo & Aquarium in Omaha.

COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (AP) — Lack of interest has caused dog racing in Council Bluffs to come to an end.

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — The head of Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium says elephants could arrive within months.

COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (AP) — A woman who was forced to find a new home for her dog is seeking to end Council Bluffs' 10-year-old ban on pit bulls.

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — The Nebraska Humane Society says more than two dozen dogs, 14 chinchillas, two parrots and a horse rescued from a residence in western Iowa will be up for adoption soon.

GRAND ISLAND, Neb. (AP) — A Florida woman has been given two years of probation for drowning a 3-week-old puppy in a Nebraska airport restroom.

COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (AP) — A kennel club in western Iowa has donated pet oxygen mask kits to help cats and dogs in fire emergencies.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The Iowa Agriculture Department is announcing four more bird flu cases, including at a chicken operation with an estimated 1 million birds.

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — A Bornean orangutan born last month at Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo in now on display.