Farmer arraigned for animal cruelty after 16 dead cows found in Shiawassee County
SHIAWASSEE COUNTY, Mich. --Raymond Jacobs of New Lothrup has been arraigned on animal cruelty charges, according to the Shiawassee County Sheriff’s Office.
This comes after 16 dead cows were found on his land.
An officer with Shiawassee County Animal Control, along with a veterinarian were called to a farm on Jacobs Road earlier this month to investigate after a complaint was made about animals not being properly buried, according to a statement from the Michigan Department of Agriculture & Rural Development. Read the statement below:
"The department was contacted by a Shiawassee County Animal Control officer regarding a complaint that animals were not being properly buried. Shiawassee County Animal Control also asked for an animal health expert’s opinion on the existing animals on the farm. One of our veterinarians visited the farm with an animal control officer. The veterinarian determined that animals were not being buried properly and that the existing animals lacked access to adequate nutrition, housing or veterinary care.”
Following the investigation, it was determined that the cows that were still living were not in good health, along with not having access to food, housing or veterinary care.
The remaining cows were rescued and are now in the care of a good Samaritan.