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Father-son ranchers near North Platte charged with 150 counts of animal abuse

Lance Cheung / USDA

LINCOLN, Neb. (Nebraska) – A father-son cattle rancher pair were arrested Wednesday after MPs found more than 150 dead cattle on their farm near North Platte.

The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office said Friday that deputies have been investigating livestock abuses in several rural areas in recent weeks.

During the investigation, the sheriff’s office obtained information that cattle were not being cared for at a farm run by Larry Mikolyck and his son, Matthew.

Authorities issued a search warrant at the Lincoln County rural farm on Wednesday and found more than 150 dead cattle on the property.

The sheriff’s office says there were also several sick and dying bulls, cows and calves on the property.

Deputies noted “very few” sources of food and water for the livestock, according to the sheriff’s office.

Larry, 75, and Matthew, 41, were arrested on 150 counts of animal cruelty and neglect resulting in death, a class IIIA felony.

Both were deposited in the Lincoln County Jail.

If convicted, they face up to four years in prison.

Deputies from Logan, Thomas and Lincoln counties and Nebraska brand inspectors seized all cattle on the Mikolyck farm Thursday.

Over 1,000 bulls, cows and calves were taken to the North Platte Sale Barn to be inspected by a veterinarian.

The sheriff’s office says “numerous” cattle were culled at the scene as they were “very sick, injured and dying.”

An investigation is underway and Mikolycks may face further charges.

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