Fair Oaks Farm Worker Pleads Guilty to Animal Cruelty Charge
Edgar Gardozo-Vasquez, 36, of Brook, Ind., has pled guilty to a misdemeanor charge of animal cruelty in a nationally publicized incident at Fair Oaks Farms last summer.
The guilty plea came after a felony charge was dropped. Gardozo-Vasquez was sentenced to one year of probation, reports the Lafayette, Ind. Journal & Courier.
Two other Fairy Oaks Farms employees have also been charged in the incident, but neither have been located or apprehended. Felony warrants are still outstanding for Santiago Ruvalcaba Contreros, 31, and Miguel Angel Navarro, 38.
As a result of the incident, Fair Oaks Farms owner Mike McCloskey has stepped up employee training, increased video surveillance of all areas of the farm, and hired a full-time animal welfare specialist to oversee animal care.