Names of men charged in Fair Oaks animal cruelty released

Courtesy of ARM video

The Newton County Sheriff's Office has released the names of those charged in connection with the animal cruelty case at Fair Oaks Farms.

Posted: Jun 11, 2019 11:30 AM
Updated: Jun 11, 2019 4:35 PM

NEWTON COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI) — The Newton County Sheriff's Office has released the names of those charged in connection with the animal cruelty case at Fair Oaks Farms.

Police are looking for:

31-year-old Santiago Ruvalcaba Contreros

36-year-old Edgar Gardozo Vazquez

38-year-old Miguel Angel Navarro Serrano

Arrests have not been made, and deputies are looking for the men. 

The charge is a Class A misdemeanor. Interviews with other persons of interest are also being conducted.

As we previously reported, the Newton County Sheriff's Office requested the names of the former employees seen in a video showing cruelty towards calves at Fair Oaks Farms. Investigators are working with the Newton County Prosecutors Office.

The sheriff's office said they are also working to identify the person who witnessed the alleged crimes that did not "report the activity for some time." Animal Recovery Mission said they had someone working at the farm undercover for three months documenting what they saw.

Fair Oaks Founder Mike McCloskey said in a statement posted on Facebook that the alleged abuse was committed by five people. He said of the five, four were employees of Fair Oaks Farms, and one was a third party truck driver. McCloskey said three of the four employees had already been terminated prior to the release of the video Tuesday. He said the three employees are responsible for a majority of the offenses seen.

Attached is the video, but viewer discretion is advised.

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