Papillion man sentenced for abusing 665 animals

LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) – A man will spend three years behind bars for abusing over 600 animals at his Papillion home.

Edward Luben, 57, was sentenced Wednesday after pleading guilty to three felony counts of animal abuse and neglect, according to the Sarpy County Attorney’s Office.

He previously pleaded no contest to the charges in October. He was originally charged with seven felonies and nine misdemeanors but made a plea deal to have some of those charges dropped.

After the three-year prison sentence, Luben will be placed on post-release supervision for nine months.  He will also be banned from owning animals for 15 years.

In December 2021, authorities found 665 animals – including exotic birds, reptiles and mammals – after serving a search warrant at Luben’s Papillion home.

The attorney’s office said almost 70 of those animals were dead.  The surviving animals were taken to be treated by the Nebraska Humane Society.

Bonnie Moore, chief deputy Sarpy County attorney, said Luben’s home was “unimaginable.”

“The swift work and thorough investigation by the Nebraska Humane Society was critical,” Moore said in a release. “We are thankful for the time and countless resources they dedicated to this case.”

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