No Charges Filed for Alleged Abuse at Indiana Pig Farm

01:59PM Nov 18, 2019
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An Indiana State Police investigation revealed a Jackson County pig farm will not face criminal charges after accusations of animal abuse and unhealthy conditions were made in early October by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals.

Police say the graphic footage shared by PETA may have been staged and captured by hidden cameras planted at the facility following multiple break-ins, the Indianapolis Star reports.

Indiana State Police-Versailles detectives started investigating claims of abuse at East Fork Farms outside of Brownstown, Ind.

PETA provided undercover footage of the abuse that they claimed was captured by an anonymous whistleblower who is also a government official. 

Detectives, accompanied by a veterinarian familiar with the farm, conducted an inspection on Oct. 10. Sgt. Stephen Wheeles said neither the investigators nor the veterinarian found any evidence of animal abuse or neglect at the farm during the visit, according to the Indianapolis Star.  

"A second veterinarian with the Indiana Board of Animal Health visited the farm on a separate date," Wheeles said in a statement. "The second veterinarian also did not find any evidence of animal abuse. The veterinarians did provide East Fork Farms with some recommendations on how to improve the facility and better care for the pigs."  

During the course of the investigation, the detectives determined than an unknown person or persons illegally entered East Fork Farms multiple times in September and October to capture video inside the facility at night when it was empty. Cameras were also hidden inside the facility to capture video footage during the day, the Indianapolis Star reports.

"The investigation established that some of the clips were staged for the purpose of capturing the video and other video clips may have been filmed at a different facility," Wheeles said. "Detectives have not been able to identify the person who filmed the videos and the identity of the person has not been made available to detectives by PETA."

Jackson County Prosecutor Jeff Chalfant determined that no charges would be filed in this case.