MURDOCK – A Cass County man’s arrest on suspicion of animal cruelty resulted in his being taken into federal custody to begin serving a 60-month sentence for distribution of a controlled substance.
Deputies from the Cass County Sheriff’s Office visited Timothy Tiedeman’s property in rural Murdock, Nebraska, on Jan. 2 and discovered two dead horses in a creek. Two severely malnourished horses were removed from the property by the Nebraska Humane Society.
No food for the horses or water was found on the property, according to an affidavit filed by an investigator. Tiedeman was arrested on two counts of suspicion of animal cruelty. He faces up to a year in prison on each misdemeanor charge.
The 52-year old Tiedeman pleaded guilty to the drug charge on Nov. 21 in U.S. District Court. He had been granted time to get his affairs in order, said defense attorney Brett McArthur of Lincoln. The animal cruelty charges were a violation of Tiedeman’s instructions from the judge, and Tiedeman surrendered to federal authorities on Friday.