Papillion man sentenced to prison after over 600 animals found in his home

Photo: Sarpy County Jail

(Papillion, NE) -- A Papillion man who was found to have hundreds of animals in his home is sentenced to prison time.

The Nebraska Humane Society says in December 2021, their investigators served a court-authorized search warrant at a Papillion home in response to an investigation on 57 year old Edward Luben for Animal Cruelty and Animal Neglect. The Humane Society says during a search of the home, they recovered 652 living and deceased animals including exotic birds, reptiles, and other domestic animals. NHS says many of the animals were severely neglected and being kept in deplorable conditions.

On Tuesday, a Sarpy County Judge sentenced Luben to three consecutive 12-month terms for felony animal cruelty and neglect. Luben's sentence will be followed by 9 months of supervised probation and a 15-year prohibition of owning, harboring, or residing with any animal.

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