UPDATE: 2 Plead Not Guilty to Abusing Cows

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) -- Two of the four people charged with mistreating cows while working at a Brown County dairy farm have pleaded not guilty to charges.

Abelardo Jaimes and Misael Monge-Minero entered the pleas in court Tuesday at their initial court appearances. WLUK-TV says a third defendant, Crescencio Pineda, was also in court, but his appearance was continued while he seeks a public defender. A fourth defendant, Lucia Martinez, will be in court later this month.

The four were charged with misdemeanors after an animal rights group released secretly recorded video that showed employees beating injured cows. The video by Mercy For Animals showed workers at Wiese Brothers Farm beating, kicking, stabbing and whipping sick and injured cows. Farm owner Mark Wiese says he has taken additional steps to ensure proper treatment of the animals.


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