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Case ID: 16189
Classification: Neglect / Abandonment
Animal: cow
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Judge(s): Thomas Borresen

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Monday, Feb 1, 2010

County: Jerome

Charges: Misdemeanor
Disposition: Convicted

Defendant/Suspect: Jorge Reyes

Case Updates: 1 update(s) available

Jerome County Sheriff's Deputies seized 20 head of cattle south east of Jerome after finding more than twice that many dead. Jorge Reyes faces three misdemeanor charges in the case, which include giving false information to a police officer, neglect and abuse of animals, and failure to remove the carcasses of more than 40 dead animals.

Fifth District Judge Thomas Borresen ruled at a forfeiture hearing earlier this week, that the 20 surviving cattle will be sold at auction next Tuesday. The proceeds will help pay for legal expenses incurred, as well as the care, feeding, and transportation of the livestock.

If there's any money left over, Reyes will get it; otherwise he'll be required to pay restitution to the county.

Right now the case is still in litigation

Case Updates

A Jerome man charged with not adequately caring for his livestock changed his "not" guilty plea Monday; in January of this year, Jerome County Sheriff's Deputy Rick Ustick followed up on a report that there were dead cattle on the property of Jorge Reyes southeast of Jerome.

Ustick and Jerome County Code Enforcement Officer Bob Wright found more than 40 dead cattle on the site; 20 surviving cattle were temporarily kept at the Jerome County Fairgrounds and then sold at the Jerome Sale Yard.

Jorge Reyes, 41, was charged with permitting animals to go without care, leaving livestock carcasses within a quarter mile of a public stream and providing false information to a police officer.

Monday, Reyes pled guilty to the first two charges, in exchange for the false information charge being dropped.

The prosecutor recommended that Reyes pay a 500 dollar fine, have two years supervised probation, serve at least ten days on the sheriff's work program, and perform 100 hours community service.

Magistrate Judge Thomas Borresen scheduled the sentencing for Reyes, for 11 am Monday, April 12th.
Source: KMVT - March 30, 2010
Update posted on Mar 31, 2010 - 2:41AM 


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