UPDATE: Search for Suspects in Fair Oaks Farm Investigation

June 10, 2019 02:23 PM

Charges have been filed by the Newton County Indiana Sheriff's office for alleged animal cruelty at Fair Oaks Farms. The case was opened following the release of a video by Animal Recovery Mission that shows workers at the farm kicking and throwing young calves. 

In a release, the Newton County Sheriff says that as a result of the investigation into the alleged animal cruelty at Fair Oaks Farms, misdemeanor charges have been filed on three individuals for the beating of a vertebrate animal.

UPDATE: Investigators are looking for the following people: 31-year old Santiago Contreros, 36-year-old Edgar Vazquez, and 38-year old Miguel Navarro Serrano.

Sheriff Thomas VanVleet also says they continue to conduct interviews with other persons of interest in the case.

Fair Oaks Farms owners Mike McCloskey, continuing to discuss the video on the company's Facebook page. He says they have begun the search for a person who specializes in animal welfare to work at the farm and that person will be working with employees day in and day out.

The farm is also working to install cameras throughout the facility and adding third-party audits.

"These third-party audits will be frequent, random and unannounced, and when I say frequent I mean between two to four weeks on each farm, so at least twelve random audits by a third party every year," says McCloskey.  "I believe the combination of the employee who is going to be full-time, dedicated to animal welfare, and these two monitoring sections will allow me to keep my promise to you." 

Fair Oaks Farms is the flagship farm for Fairlife, a national brand of higher protein, higher calcium and lower fat milk. At least three retailers have since stopped selling Fairlife products since the video was released.

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Spell Check

Mason City, IA
6/11/2019 09:34 AM

  If the owner was aware of what was going on, by all means charge him. If it was just these bad employees, come dowm hard on them, period.

Ralph Drees
Spring Valley, MN
6/11/2019 07:10 AM

  When will the owner get charged they are the one responsible and make all the money like the hog farmer in Iowa yes they didn't do the deed but why can't they run thier own bussiness to greedy want to be big shots will not bring back someones daughter or the cattle that had to suffer

Ralph Drees
Spring Valley, MN
6/11/2019 07:16 AM

  When wiil the owners get charged like the hog farmer in Iowa to big to run their own bussiness to greedy to care can't bring back a daughter or take back the suffuring of a animal