A Bay View man charged with animal cruelty after more than 70 dead cattle were found on his property is now facing two more charges.

Roger Edward Pederson, 89, was charged Wednesday with one count of first-degree animal cruelty — a felony — and one count of second-degree animal cruelty — a misdemeanor — according to documents filed in Skagit County Superior Court.

In July, Pederson was charged with five felony counts of first-degree animal cruelty and one misdemeanor count of transporting or confining an animal in an unsafe manner.

The original charges came after a Skagit County Sheriff’s Office investigation that started in January 2018 resulted in the discovery of the dead cattle on his Bayview Cemetery Road property.

Pederson pleaded not guilty to those charges in August.

In addition to the dead animals, more than 170 cattle were removed from the property in January 2018. Some later died from illness or were euthanized.

It was not the first such incident on Pederson’s property.

In 2005, he and his wife Marsha Pederson were fined about $2,000 by Skagit County Public Health after 172 dead cattle were found on the property. No criminal charges were filed in that case.

A misdemeanor conviction for animal cruelty would result in a person not being able to have animals for two years. A felony conviction would prohibit owning animals for life.

— Reporter Kera Wanielista: 360-416-2141, kwanielista@skagitpublishing.com, Twitter: @Kera_SVH, facebook.com/KeraReports

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