Maine Republican Gov. Paul LePage is chastising an animal rights group for releasing undercover footage of alleged animal cruelty before reaching out to state officials.
But the president of The Humane Society of the United States provided a copy of a formal complaint sent to Maine's agriculture department five days before the exposé went public.
The group released undercover video Tuesday of alleged cruelty at New England's largest egg-producing farm— a Hillandale Farms facility in Turner, Maine.
Humane Society CEO Wayne Pacelle said the facility's owner is scheduled to serve federal prison time for his role in "America's largest egg recall."
In a statement Friday, LePage said state records don't show abnormal levels of disease pathogens or recent food safety violations at the farm. The state's now investigating the alleged violations.