PULLMAN – The Pullman-area farmer convicted of animal cruelty has been ordered to eliminate his herd or spend two years in jail.
Marcus Jacobson, 70, was convicted final week by a Whitman County District Court docket jury on two counts of animal cruelty. The case concerned two dying cows on Jacobson’s ranch on State Route 26 close to LaCrosse.
Decide John Hart sentenced Jacobson on Friday. Decide Hart banned Jacobson from proudly owning, possessing, tending to or dwelling with animals as required by state regulation for anybody convicted of animal cruelty.
Jacobson is because of seem in court docket once more on July 1. If he has any livestock left, Jacobson can be despatched to Whitman County Jail for 2 years. When he runs out of livestock, Jacobson stays a free man. The Whitman County Sheriff’s Workplace will verify whether or not Jacobson nonetheless has cows. The delegates say Jacobson’s herd continues to be divided between his Rock Springs Ranch on SR26 and his ranch south of Pullman on Kirkendahl Highway.
Authorities hope this punishment will finish Jacobson’s authorized saga. The Washington State Division of Ecology started fining Jacobson in 2010 for permitting his cows to pollute the South Fork of the Palouse River south of Pullman. Motorists have hit his stray cows not less than 3 occasions. Essentially the most severe crash almost killed a Pullman man on US Freeway 195 in September 2020 when one in all Jacobson’s stray bulls was hit. Jacobson was convicted by a jury final yr for failing to maintain his cows fenced.