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Pullman Area Rancher Who Can’t Keep His Cows Fenced In Convicted Of Animal Cruelty | Local


PULLMAN – The Pullman area rancher with a long history of being unable to keep his cows fenced in has been convicted of animal cruelty.

70-year-old Marcus Jacobson was convicted by a jury on two counts of 2nd degree misdemeanor animal cruelty in Whitman County District Court on Monday.  The one-day trial ended with the jury verdict after about two and a half hours of deliberation.

The case involved a Whitman County Sheriff’s and Prosecutor’s Office investigation into dying cows at Jacobson’s ranch near LaCrosse.  The case began when a retired veterinarian observed a calf starving to death at Jacobson’s Rock Springs Ranch off State Route 26.  Jacobson is scheduled to be sentenced on Friday.  According to the prosecutor’s office Washington state law requires that someone convicted of animal cruelty shall be prohibited from owning animals.

This week’s trial is the latest legal issue for Jacobson.  The rancher was convicted by a jury last year for failing to keep his cows fenced in.  Motorists have hit his stray cows three times.  One crash on U.S. Highway 195 nearly killed a Pullman man in September of 2020.  The man hit one of Jacobson’s bulls that had gotten out from his ranch South of town.  The Washington State Department of Ecology started fining Jacobson in 2010 for allowing his feedlot to pollute the South Fork of the Palouse River outside Pullman.

The Whitman County Prosecutor’s Office still has several additional charges pending against Jacobson.



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