Nebraska rancher hears license hearing, animal rescue volunteers concerned with practices

OMAHA, Neb. (WOWT) – A Nebraska dog breeder has the opportunity to respond to criticism and state inspection violations, but a hearing on her license ended surprisingly quickly.

No court order has been filed to remove the dogs from Flying High Aussies, so concerned volunteers from a Nebraska animal rescue have purchased them, eight so far.

“They were all adopted and found forever homes. So they all seem to be fine and happy,” said Rae Tuff of Grants Wishes Rescue.

Animal rescue volunteers took photos on April 4 around the breeder’s messy farm that showed food available but not in a dish. Dogs are seen roaming free to find whatever shelter they can. A photo shows a can of gasoline and a bottle of alcohol on a table, another dog is lying near broken glass on the floor.

“It’s not easy to find homes for 30 or 40 dogs, we have no idea how many,” said Kathy Robertson.

The last department of the State AG. the March 14 inspection counted 13 dogs and 19 puppies without adequate drinking water. The report says the breeder, Megan Mahlin, is not in compliance with a veterinary care plan and the report’s outcome is unacceptable.

“Offence after offense after heart attack, and non-compliance with the same items, and the GA department has allowed this to continue,” Robertson said.

The inspection reports were taken into evidence and the two dog buyers who documented the conditions wanted to testify. But Mahlin did not show what waived his right to a hearing. So they end up with questions for state GA officials.

“What options does the department have at this point with Megan?” said Robertson. “We’ll discuss it with Megan,” replies GA Manager Brent Davis.

“Isn’t this a public record?” said Robertson. Davis replies “no”.

Dog buyers contacted the breeder.

So she didn’t show up because she didn’t know she had to be at the hearing. She claimed she could do it over the phone.

But the breeder had received official notice of the in-person hearing.

“If she really wanted to make things right, she should have been here,” Robertson said.

In response, the breeder texts mind your own business until you have real news to report. Rescue volunteers say she is unrealistic in her dog care and they want the state to act.

An email from the AG department says evidence from the inspections will be used by a hearing officer to make a recommendation on the breeder’s license. This will be sent to the AG State Director who issues an order within 30 days.

In the meantime, inspectors will be monitoring Flying High Aussies frequently.

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