Dog Rescue Operator Faces Misdemeanors

The operator of a Saunders County dog rescue faces four misdemeanor counts. The Nebraska Department of Agriculture requires a license for animal rescues but the founder of Rottweiler rescue won't get one.

Tracie Jordan of Morse Bluff, Nebraska said she gave up a license two years ago because she doesn't need outside inspections by the state that she calls harassment.

Jordan cares for 73 dogs, 58 of them Rottweilers. Most brought to her from abusive homes or left on the side of the road. Jordan said, "They're well cared for and well vetted. I spend all day with them." She relies on a helpful vet and donations from dog food companies along with a few volunteers.

But State Ag inspectors contend that by law the animal rescue needs a license and inspection twice a year. Saunders County Attorney Scott Tingelhoff said the Ag department conducted an undercover investigation and found Jordan violated the law during four visits to the rescue. Tingelhoff said, "The statue requires an individual or business take certain steps to be in compliance with running an animal rescue and she's refused to do that."

Jordan said she will try adopt out up to 40 of the dogs by her court date September 13th. But the dogs range in age from 15 months to 14 years so the are less likely to be adopted.

If she can't find adoptive or foster homes, some of the dogs might not be saved. Jordan said, "I would have Dr. Ron come out and we'd start putting them down. And Id have to find somebody to help me dig a really big hole."


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