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Fair Oaks Farms animal abuser gets probation

Edgar Vazquez pleaded guilty and was sentenced to one year, which will be suspended in favor of probation.

Posted: Dec 19, 2019 5:56 AM

NEWTON COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI) — The sole employee arrested in the months-long animal abuse investigation at a well-known Newton County farm has been sentenced. 

Edgar Vazquez pleaded guilty to animal cruelty Wednesday, and a more serious abuse charge was dropped. He was sentenced to one year, which will be suspended in favor of probation.


Courtesy of ARM video

Two other employees were charged, but never taken into custody. As News 18 reported in June, an undercover video by an activist group showed calves being thrown and kept in hot pens at Fair Oaks Farm.

The owners say they were not aware of any abuse before the video was released.

Related: Man accused in Fair Oaks Farms animal abuse appears in court for the first time

The video was created by Animal Recovery Mission Investigations who claim they said they had someone working at the farm undercover for three months documenting what they saw.

Deputies are still looking for 31-year-old Santiago Ruvalcaba Contreros and 38-year-old Miguel Angel Navarro Serrano.

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