NEWTON COUNTY — The animal rights group who released video showing alleged animal cruelty at Fair Oaks Farms is responding to accusations that they coerced the abuse.
Animal Recovery Mission released a statement Tuesday.
“For prosecutors to release such unfounded and bogus information that is part of an open and ongoing criminal case is not only unprofessional but irresponsible, as it could have a negative effect on this very important criminal case,” read ARM’s response.
The Newton County prosecutor said they are “obligated to seek further confirmation” after they say a person “confirmed” the allegations.
So far, the prosecutor has charged three former employees at Fair Oaks with animal cruelty. At last check, only one of the suspects is in custody.
This comes after the Animal Recovery Mission released video that appears to show cows and calves being abused or neglected on the Indiana farm.
ARM claims the video shows managers knew about the abuse and did not act, but Eyewitness News has not been able to independently confirm those accusations.
Fair Oaks Farms will also have cameras around the property where employees and animals interact and take other steps to prevent future abuse.
The Newton County Sheriff’s Office said at the time that it is investigating both the employees in the video and the person who shot the video and did not report it immediately.