Ex-Indiana farm worker gets probation for abusing calves

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FILE – in this undated file photo provided by the Newton County Sheriff’s Office in Kentland, Ind., shows Edgar Gardozo-Vasquez. Gardozo-Vasquez, accused of abusing calves on a large northwestern Indiana farm has been sentenced to one year on probation after a felony charge was dropped, court records show. Gardozo-Vasquez is one of three former employees of popular agritourism destination Fair Oaks Farms that has been charged with a misdemeanor for animal cruelty following the release of undercover video showing workers kicking and throwing young calves. (Newton County Sheriff’s Office via AP File)

KENTLAND, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) — A man accused of abusing calves on a large northwestern Indiana farm has been sentenced to a year of probation after a felony charge was dropped.

Officials said in June that 36-year-old Edgar Gardozo-Vasquez is one of three former employees of popular agritourism destination Fair Oaks Farms charged with a misdemeanor for animal cruelty following the release of undercover video showing workers kicking and throwing young calves.

Gardozo-Vasquez pleaded guilty Monday before being sentenced.

He had also been charged with, a felony count of torturing or mutilating a vertebrate animal. Journal and Courier reports the prosecutor dropped that charge.

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