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Man cited for animal cruelty at Servicemaster location

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Posted at 7:20 PM, Jun 20, 2017
and last updated 2017-06-20 22:34:07-04

Nebraska Humane Society officers cited a man at a Servicemaster location for animal cruelty after a video of a caged animal dead in a trash can full of water circulated on social media 

Nebraska Humane Society Vice President of Field Operations Mark Langan says  41 year old Jorge Artolasoliz was issued a citation for one count of animal cruelty Monday at the Servicemaster near 84th & Maple. The citation was based on this one incident. Langan says investigators found no other instances of animal cruelty at the location, and had not received any prior animal related complaints there.

The citation is punishable by up to six months in jail or a $500 fine, Langan said.

Langan encouraged people who find or trap wild or feral animals to contact authorities for assistance in disposing of the animals.

"If you decide to trap wildlife, you can call us or a private critter control," he said.

A representative of ServiceMaster said the company had been notified of and was looking into the allegations about one of its franchise locations in Omaha. 

"We are aware of the very troubling allegations made against one of our franchised locations," said Alison Bishop Manager for Corporate Communications for Servicemaster. "We take this matter seriously and are investigating it thoroughly. We do not condone any mistreatment of animals."