The owner Ken Wiles and several of his employees at a Wooster pig farm were charged with several counts of animal cruelty Tuesday. An employee discreetly videotaped several acts of abuse on the animals.
The undercover video was released to the media and aired on the evening news. The piglets were seen being grabbed by their hind legs and thrown in the air at metal bins. Other scenes showed several employees with tazer-like devices in their hands apparently shocking the animals for no reason. Beatings were witnessed with different blunt objects. According to fox8news, the employee videotaped the violence after another employee “bragged” that they could make pigs fly. Other allegations of abuse by the pig farm include: beating the pigs to death with hammers and hanging them to death.
This is not the first time allegations have been brought up against the Wile pig farm. This is, although, the first time formal charges have been brought up against the owner and employees. The video, along with eye witness testimony of the pig farm were turned over to the special prosecutor. The prosecutor never even stepped foot on the pig farm. The reports and images were enough for him to feel it was cruelty and filed the charges.
HFA, The Humane Farming Association www.hfa.org/campaigns/wiles.html has been following this pig farm for quite some time now. Keeping visitors updated on the status of legal action to come on the farm. They have been urging the public to express their concerns over the treatment of the animals to the Lorain County prosecutor. At this time though, HFA requests that all concerns/complaints to the prosecutor cease.
According to reports from Fox8 Cleveland www.myfoxcleveland.com/myfox/pages/Home/Detail, “The farm’s attorney, Russell Buzzelli of Wadsworth, said Wednesday that it was too soon to comment in detail but that he would have something to say later. He also represents Ken Wiles.
“My client is innocent,” Buzzelli said.”
The owner, Ken Wiles, was charged with two counts of animal cruelty. His son, Joe Wiles, was charged with six counts of animal cruelty and employee Dusty Stroud was also charged with two counts. Being convicted of animal cruelty in Ohio comes with a maximum sentence of 90 days in jail per charge plus fines. The men are scheduled for arraignment on January 30th.
The exclusive story with video depicting the allegations is available for viewing at www.wkyc.com/news/news_article.aspx
The video is graphic in nature and shows the actual footage of the employees undercover video.