ONEIDA (KSNT) — After two weeks of investigation by the Nemaha County sheriff’s Office, two men are in custody tonight for cattle rustling.
It’s a story we brought you last week after an Oneida farmer found one of his cows butchered on his property.
In the last 50 years Doug Metzger has lost livestock, even have had some stolen, but never like what happened the night of March 5.
“And then they called me and I thought at first that it just died and some animals had ate in it. I thought maybe a mountain lion they way it looked all tore up,” said the farmer whose cattle was mutilated, Doug Metzger.
Two weeks after this crime was committed the Nemaha County Sheriff’s office arrested Jason Rudin of Oneida and Jesse Wiltz of Sabetha.
“Charged with cruelty to animals, theft of property, criminal trespassing and criminal damage to property,” said Brad Lippert, Nemaha County Attorney.
Lippert says a conviction for a crime like this isn’t as severe as one might think—only 5 to 17 months in jail.
Metzger says that isn’t enough
I don’t think it is enough really. I would say it out to be a couple of years really,” said Metzger.
Although the men who allegedly killed Metzger’s cow are in jail, farmers around the area still worry about leaving their cattle unintended.
“You never really think this could happen to you especially when you are gone for a business trip or out planting,” said farmer, Ethan Knowls.
With meat prices as high as it is today’s losing cattle is something farmers say they can’t afford.
“For my steer, 60,000 dollars that’s a size able amount of money,” said Knowls.
Wiltz and Rudin are both waiting for their first appearance in court. The Nemaha County Attorney tells KSNT News that this case could take anywhere to a few months or up to a year depending on how the case proceeds.
The county attorney says cattle rustling is not common in Nemaha County. The last time cattle rustling was popular in Kansas was in the 1800’s.