Fair Oaks farm abuse claims

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The Newton County Sheriff’s Office has requested the names of former employees seen in a video showing cruelty toward calves at Fair Oaks Farms.

NEWTON COUNTY — As a result of the investigation into the alleged animal cruelty at Fair Oaks Farms, charges have been filed on three individuals for the beating of a vertebrate animal, Indiana Code 35-46-3-12, a Class A misdemeanor.

"This afternoon I signed felony and misdemeanor charges, asking for arrest warrants for three former employees of Fair Oaks Farms," said Newton County Prosecutor Jeff Drinski. "During this investigation Fair Oaks Farms has cooperated completely in our attempts to identify and interview all persons involved in the videos that we have all viewed over the past week. Although these three individuals are being charged, the investigation will continue. The video footage is being translated and further interviews will be conducted to determine if allegations of complicity by the planted employee or others are in fact true. As always, criminal defendants are innocent until proven guilty."

The Newton County Sheriff’s Department released the names of the individuals charged on Tuesday, June 11.

The police are actively looking for the following individuals:

  • 38-year-old Miguel Angel Navarro Serrano
  • 36-year-old Edgar Gardozo Vazquez
  • 31-year-old Santiago Ruvalcaba Contreros

Interviews with other persons of interest are being conducted.

Details of the investigation cannot be released at this time as this investigation is still active.

Questions regarding acceptable farm practices should be directed to the Indiana State Board of Animal Health as they are the governing body. They can be contacted by e-mail animalhealth@boah.in.gov or www.boah.in.gov

Assisting agencies included Indiana State Police, Indiana State Board of Animal Health and the Newton County Prosecutor’s Office.

The investigation comes after a video was released by the Animal Recovery Mission after a three-month undercover investigation at one of the farms that make up Fair Oaks Farms.

The video that was released show numerous incidents of animal abuse, drug use by employees and the male bull calves being transported to a veal processing plant.

Three of the employees on the video had already been fired priot to the video being released and one employee was fired afterwards according to Fair Oaks Farms founder Mike McCloskey.