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3 cited in alleged calf abuse

9:32 PM, Nov 15, 2013   |    comments
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KUSA - Detectives with the Weld County Sheriff's Office cited three men after a video recorded by an animal rights organization surfaced Wednesday, exposing alleged abuse at Quanah Cattle Co. in Kersey.

Detectives have identified the men in the video as Ernesto Alvarez, Tomas Cerda and Larry Loma. A manager at Quanah told 9NEWS all three men have been terminated following an internal investigation.

In a press conference, Sheriff John Cooke said the suspects were hired through a temporary agency. He added Alvarez, Cerda and Loma had worked for Quanah for about 6 months.

"We still have work to do. We want to make sure we have identified all the suspects and all the parties to determine if we need to make other arrests," Sheriff Cooke said.

According to detectives, the suspected employees claimed they were not trained on how to properly handle livestock. A manager at Quanah told 9NEWS that two remaining employees will be retrained.

If convicted, Alvarez, Cerda and Loma could face up to 18 months behind bars and a $5,000 fine.

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