Workers at a major dairy farm in Wisconsin were being accused of abusing animals after being caught by surveillance cameras.
The nonprofit group Mercy for Animals claimed it recorded workers at the Wiese Brothers Farm beating, stabbing and dragging cows far beyond routine farm practices.
Mercy for Animals sent clips of the hidden-camera video, taken between Oct. 4 and Nov. 15, to the Brown County Sheriff’s office.
“We reviewed it, we made a determination that this was something that we should investigate,” Captain Dave Konrath said.
Investigators were working with a number of veterinarians but said it was too early to determine whether criminal charges will be recommended.
The Wiese family released a statement, saying they’re “shocked and saddened to see a few of their employees not following farm policy on animal care.”
Two employees were fired by the company and another will no longer work with animals, according to the statement..
The family also states that the farm underwent an independent review and that employees will sometimes be shadowed without notice.
Nestle’s pizza division, which makes DiGiorno and Jack’s frozen pies, cut ties with the farm after the release of the video.