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.