The Newton County Sheriff’s Department said Wednesday that one of the three fired workers, Edgar Gardozo-Vasquez, 36, of Brook, was taken into custody and is being held at the Newton County Jail on a felony charge of torturing or mutilating a vertebrate animal and misdemeanor animal cruelty.
The department says U.S. Immigration Customs Enforcement has placed a hold on Gardozo-Vasquez. It says there are outstanding warrants for two other former Fair Oaks workers
It’s not clear whether Gardozo-Vasquez has an attorney who might comment on his behalf.
Meanwhile, a California man filed a lawsuit Tuesday accusing Chicago-based Fairlife of fraud following the release of the videos.
Alain Michael, of Thousand Oaks, California, says in his lawsuit that he bought Fairlife milk solely because of its guarantee that it provided “extraordinary animal care,” but the videos showed that its ”‘promise’ is a sham.”
Fairlife says it’s reviewing the lawsuit, which was filed in federal court and seeks class-action status and unspecified damages.
Fair Oaks Farms’ owners, Mike and Sue McCloskey, are also named as defendants. A message seeking comment was left for the couple.