Nebraska dog breeder appears in court and faces deadline

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OMAHA, Neb. (WOWT) – A controversial dog breeder is appearing in court, not for negligence, but for failing to obtain a license. However, the issue goes beyond regulation.

Pet Rescue volunteers are concerned about the welfare of many dogs.

Flying High Aussies must reduce their numbers or breeder Megan Mahlin could face jail time on 11 counts of operating a kennel without a zoning permit.

“If I can find enough sitter houses, people interested in keeping a dog intact for me until you need to use him for breeding, and he would have visits with me,” Mahlin said.

But not before Mahlin paid a $2,500 fine to the state’s AG department and his breeder’s license was reinstated.

If enough guardian homes can be found, the owner of Flying High Aussies says she will only have four dogs left by this weekend and all others must be moved to suitable homes.

“They won’t be returned, and the sheriff’s office knows dogs won’t be returned to a place that doesn’t follow the law,” Madison County attorney Joe Smith said.

The Flying High Aussies owner says she has seven dogs left on the rental property.

“The dogs are in good condition as you can see. no one is hungry, their hair is not tangled, they are a bit muddy from playing in their pool,” Mahlin said.

But members of a Fremont pet shelter disagree.

“The sheriff says they’re not starving, they don’t look skinny, they’re not sick, which doesn’t mean they’re well cared for,” Kathy said. Robertson.

Claiming that the messy farmhouse looked abandoned with no sign of food or water.

“She’s dehydrated,” the rescuer said.

Rescuers took in a female dog and her new litter of six puppies.

“She can call it what she wants, but we recently rescued them to get them the veterinary care they needed,” said Rae Tuff of Grants Wishes Rescue.

Rescuers say they were saving the dogs.

“They weren’t saving the dogs. If they were rescuing the dogs, there should be some sort of rescue clearance since there was none,” Mahlin said.

But Mahlin learns that the county attorney won’t order the dogs back.

“They won’t let me collect them until I’m zoning compliant,” Mahlin said.

The owner of Flying High Aussies promises to become a breeder again after meeting all the requirements. But members of a pet shelter will be on high alert not to harass but literally to protect future generations of dogs bred for sale.

“All of his dogs need to find forever homes,” Robertson said.

The dog breeder has another hearing this week so the county attorney can assess his progress in reducing the number of dogs at the kennel.

Since the start of our investigation, approximately 18 dogs have been purchased or removed by volunteer rescuers.

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