GREEN BAY, Wis., Feb. 13 (UPI) -- Four Wisconsin dairy farm workers caught on videotape by an undercover animal rights activist allegedly abusing cows face misdemeanor charges, officials said.
Abelardo Jaimes, 31, of Menasha, Lucia Martinez, 39, of Wrightstown, Misael Monge-Minero, 33, of Green Bay, and Crescencio Pineda, 26, of Menasha were named in a complaint Tuesday and face up to nine months in jail and fines of up to $10,000 if convicted, the Green Bay Press-Gazette reported. All four were employed at Wiese Brothers Farm near Greenleaf in the Green Bay area at the time the video was made.
Wiese Brothers, a family-owned farm, has more than 1,000 head of dairy cows. The owners of the farm have not been charged.
Police began their investigation in December after a group called Mercy for Animals turned over the video. It was made by an investigator for the group who got a job on the farm.
The tape allegedly showed employees kicking cows, hitting them with rope and in one case jabbing sticks and a needle into them.
In December, Wiese Brothers said two employees had been dismissed and a third given a different job. The owners said they were cooperating with the police investigation.