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Owner of Labs Rescued By OPD Arrested, Puppies Seized

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Owner of Labs Rescued By OPD Arrested, Puppies Seized

By Kelly Bartnick. CREATED Dec 12, 2013

OMAHA, NE - Police officers who rescued two black labs from a busy highway over the weekend were back at it. They took other dogs from the man who owned the two labs Thursday. Mark Langan with the Nebraska Humane Society said officers confiscated an adult dog and seven puppies from a house near 27th Street and Camden Avenue in north Omaha this morning. They also arrested the dogs' owner, Jerome Burton, on an outstanding animal cruelty warrant. 


Burton owned the two labs, Trouble and Mayala, found wandering in traffic on Highway 75. Those dogs were taken by the Nebraska Humane Society. Mayala was adopted out Wednesday. An adoption for Trouble was pending. 

In an interview with Action 3 News Wednesday, Burton said he couldn't afford to get his dogs back but did not want to give them up. Langan said officers went to his north Omaha home Thursday morning, when Burton surrendered his remaining animals. He couldn't afford the mother and her seven puppies that remained in his care. Langan said Burton was also in violation of Omaha city ordinance which only allows three dogs per home. 

Burton was arrested on an outstanding animal cruelty citation from May for keeping his animals outside without shelter in 90 degree heat. The Douglas County Jail released him Thursday on an offender work program.

Image Courtesy Omaha Police Officers Association