KUSA - Two out of the three men who pleaded guilty to animal cruelty have been sentenced in the Quannah Cattle Company case.
Tomas Cerda and Ernesto Valenzuela-Alvarez were both sentenced two years probabion, a $500 fine and 300 hours of community service on Tuesday.
Cerda and three others were terminated after an investigation into the Quanah Cattle Company in Kersey.
A video recorded by an animal rights organization shows the men abusing the calves.
The employees claimed they were not trained on how to properly handle livestock.
The judge said the undercover investigation by Compassion Over Killing was "disturbing to the court."
Cerda said through an interpreter he was "embarrassed to be involved." He apologized.
The judge read reports of kicking, shoving, dragging and throwing calves. One incident involved picking a calf up by its right ear. The judge said it wasn't just one isolated incident.
Compassion Over Killing released the following statement:
"For the sake of these calves, as well as other farmed animals, we hope
justice will be served today with a sentence that sends a strong message.
Egregious animal abuse is not only unacceptable, it's illegal and will be
prosecuted to fullest extent of the law."
The third man allegedly involved will be sentenced in June.
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