animal abuse

Barbara Brosher, WFIU/WTIU News

The details of animal abuse and neglect cases are often grim – pets deprived of food and water, small cages covered in feces, dogs forced to fight each other to the death.

But some of those cases never see a courtroom because of how Indiana defines abuse and neglect.

That’s starting to change as the result of new laws that took effect earlier this year.

'Your Animal Really Doesn't Have Any More Rights Than Your Handbag'

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A witness says an undercover activist at Fair Oaks Farms told farm workers to abuse animals in order to get footage for his investigation.

Newton County Sheriff's Office via AP

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.

A Second Video Of Fair Oaks Farms Is Released By Animal Rights Group

Jun 12, 2019
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(WARNING: Video contains content that users may find disturbing.) 

3 Ex-Workers Charged With Animal Cruelty At Indiana Dairy

Jun 10, 2019
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FAIR OAKS, Ind. (AP) — Three former employees of a large northwestern Indiana dairy have been charged with animal cruelty following the release of undercover video showing workers kicking and throwing young calves, officials said Monday.

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FAIR OAKS, Ind. (AP) — A famous northwestern Indiana dairy farm's home delivery service has temporarily suspended deliveries, in part to protect drivers it says are facing harassment following the release of graphic undercover video showing workers abusing calves.

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FAIR OAKS, Ind. (AP) — Video exposing alleged animal abuse at a famous northwestern Indiana dairy farm is politically motivated, said an Indiana lawmaker who drafted legislation in 2013 that would have barred undercover video filming at the state's agricultural operations.

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Fair Oaks Farms released its own video response following footage showing animal abuse at the company’s operation.

Fair Oaks Farms in northwest Indiana is under investigation after an online video showed animals being abused.

Update: Video Spurs 3 Retailers To Pull Fairlife Items

Jun 5, 2019
Dan Charles/NPR



FAIR OAKS, Ind. (AP) — At least three retailers are pulling Fairlife products from their shelves after an animal rights group released video showing workers kicking and throwing young calves at an Indiana dairy farm.

Fair Oaks Farms in northwestern Indiana is the flagship farm for Fairlife, a national brand of higher protein, higher calcium and lower fat milk.