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Donations of hay, grain needed for herd of cattle seized by county

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Shiawassee County Sheriff’s Office Shiawassee County Sheriff’s Office

A Mid-Michigan sheriff is seeking donations after a herd of cattle were seized by the county. 

The Shiawassee County Sheriff’s Office said the herd of 18 cows were seized Tuesday, May 29 by the Shiawassee County Animal Control.

The herd was found with inadequate body conditions "as a result of inadequate nutrition,” the sheriff said.

Sixteen other cows were found dead from malnutrition.

"It's my first time having to deal with cattle like that. Usually they're loose, nothing like this," Shiawassee County Animal Control Officer Kirt Stechschulte said.

He investigated the farm after they received a complaint about dead cows on the property.

"It was very filthy and disgusting conditions. There was a lot of manure that needed to be cleaned up. There was a pen with a couple angus in there that was filled with manure," Stechschulte said.

He said the investigation started on May 3. When they went to seize the cattle on May 25, the conditions had not improved. Stechschulte was also concerned the cattle had not seen a vet in quite some time.

"I made contact with the vet. He stated he hadn't been out there since May of 2017," Stechschulte said.

The owner, 53-year-old Raymond Ernest Jacobs, was arrested and charged with one count of cruelty to 10 or more animals.

"If he's on probation or whatever he can be ordered not to possess any animals at that point," Stechschulte said.

As for the 18 cattle seized, it's up to the court to decide what happens to them.

The department is now asking for donations of hay or grain to help feed the cows while they are in the county’s care.

If you can help, please contact animal control at 989-743-2406.

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