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Bond Set For Worker Accused In Cow Abuse Video
NBC Columbus ^ | May 27, 2010 | Denise Yost

Posted on 05/27/2010 9:19:17 AM PDT by ResistorSister

MARYSVILLE, Ohio -- A man accused of abusing cows at a local dairy farm said in court Thursday that he is studying to become a police officer in Ohio.

Billy Joe Gregg, 25, appeared in court, charged with 12 counts of cruelty to animals.

The charges against Gregg were filed after an animal welfare group released graphic video Tuesday that was secretly recorded and shows workers at Conklin Dairy Farms in Plain City beating cows with crowbars, stabbing them with pitchforks and punching them in their heads.

The video shows workers holding down newborn calves and stomping on their heads. It shows one worker wiring a cow's nose to a metal bar near the ground and repeatedly beating it with another bar while it bleeds.

Click here to watch the full video clip. (WARNING: The video is graphic and disturbing.)

Bond was set for Gregg at $100,000. He asked for a court-appointed attorney and claimed in court that he is a disabled Army veteran and former police officer.

He said he has spent the last six years in the Army and is studying to become a police officer in Ohio.

Prosecutors said charges are possible against other people.

Each of the 12 charges holds a maximum fine of $750 and is punishable by 90 days in jail. According to the prosecutor, if convicted, Gregg could face 90 days in jail per charge.

Gregg is next scheduled to appear in court on June 10 at 8 a.m. for a preliminary hearing.

The video was recorded in an undercover investigation at the farm, said Mercy For Animals, a not-for-profit group that publicizes what it calls cruel practices in the dairy, meat and egg industries and promotes a vegan diet.

Conklin Dairy Farms, a fourth-generation family operation based in Plain City, said it takes the care of its cows and calves very seriously and had reviewed the video.

"The video shows animal care that is clearly inconsistent with the high standards we set for our farm and its workers, and we find the specific mistreatment shown on the video to be reprehensible and unacceptable," Gary Conklin, of Conklin Dairy Cattle Sales LLC, said Tuesday night in an e-mailed statement. "We will not condone animal abuse on our farm."

An Ohio Department of Agriculture spokesperson told NBC 4 that 100 percent of Conklin Dairy Farms' milk is sold to Minerva Dairy in Minerva, Ohio. The ODA said Minerva does not sell the milk to stores, but uses it to make cheese. The ODA spokesperson said Minerva is not required to report stores selling its products to the state.

Minerva Farms plant manager Dave Saling tells NBC 4 his company has discontinued all business with Conklin Dairy Farms. He declined to name which retailers sell its products in the Central Ohio market.

Mercy For Animals' executive director, Nathan Runkle, said the cow video was shot between April 28 and Sunday by an undercover worker at the dairy, about 25 miles northwest of Columbus. He said the documented abuse violates Ohio's anti-animal cruelty statute.


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KEYWORDS: animal; cruelty; dairy; ohio
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Billy Joe Gregg

BILLY JOE GREGG


The article states that Billy Joe spent the last six years in the Army and he claims to be a disabled Army veteran and former police officer - GREAT!

His shameful actions, viciously beating, stomping, and stabbing defenseless cows and newborn calves, should be condemned by fellow vets and police officers.

1 posted on 05/27/2010 9:19:17 AM PDT by ResistorSister
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To: ResistorSister
A man accused of abusing cows at a local dairy farm said in court Thursday that he is studying to become a police officer in Ohio.

Gotta get that practice in before taking the qualification exams...

2 posted on 05/27/2010 9:25:12 AM PDT by Virginia Ridgerunner (Sarah Palin has crossed the Rubicon!)
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To: ResistorSister
A man accused of abusing cows at a local dairy farm said in court Thursday that he is studying to become a police officer in Ohio.

No one starts at the top.

3 posted on 05/27/2010 9:26:46 AM PDT by Mr Ramsbotham (Laws against sodomy are honored in the breech.)
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To: ResistorSister

What kind of judgment did he use as a police officer and while he was in the service? He sounds psyco. Lock him up.


4 posted on 05/27/2010 9:27:53 AM PDT by Taffini ( Mr. Pippen and Mr. Waffles do not approve and neither do I)
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To: ResistorSister
Today's post about the animal cruelty story in Ohio is an UPDATE for those who read yesterday's (5/27/10) post at the link: Hidden video shows Ohio cows beaten (horrifying video)
5 posted on 05/27/2010 9:28:48 AM PDT by ResistorSister (Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be men of courage; be strong. I Cor. 16:13)
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To: ResistorSister

that video is flat horrible. I hope this savage gets what is coming to him.


6 posted on 05/27/2010 9:31:00 AM PDT by bobby.223
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To: Virginia Ridgerunner

Should fit right into most police forces.

Gotta have that ‘command presence’ ya know.


7 posted on 05/27/2010 9:34:49 AM PDT by glasseye
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To: ResistorSister

“Billy Joe Gregg, 25, appeared in court, charged with 12 counts of cruelty to animals.”

Just a good democrat and Obama supporter.


8 posted on 05/27/2010 9:34:50 AM PDT by Cheetahcat (Zero the Wright kind of Racist! We are in a state of War with Democrats)
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To: ResistorSister
The video was recorded in an undercover investigation at the farm, said Mercy For Animals, a not-for-profit group that publicizes what it calls cruel practices in the dairy, meat and egg industries and promotes a vegan diet.

The evidence just became tainted.

9 posted on 05/27/2010 9:37:07 AM PDT by Graybeard58 (No Romney,No Mark Kirk (Illinois), not now, not ever!)
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To: ResistorSister

Very disturbing behavior.

Animals are to be treated humanely. Their meat keeps us alive.


10 posted on 05/27/2010 9:38:09 AM PDT by Retired Greyhound
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To: Graybeard58

Tainted in what way? The guy is on tape beating cows over their heads with a crowbar.


11 posted on 05/27/2010 9:38:30 AM PDT by 1rudeboy
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To: ResistorSister

Who could do that to an animal. He is very dangerous person who should never be allowed anywhere near being a police officer or security guard because he has serious control/power issues. Someone should chain his fat @$$ to a pole and beat him.


12 posted on 05/27/2010 9:38:48 AM PDT by chris_bdba
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To: ResistorSister

This guy is just a stupid punk. I do pray he NEVER has children.


13 posted on 05/27/2010 9:39:31 AM PDT by timeflies
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To: ResistorSister
How can a video be used when the police couldn't use a video of SEIU terrorists trespassing and trying to intimidate a B of A official at his home?
14 posted on 05/27/2010 9:44:56 AM PDT by mckenzie7 (Democrats = Trough Sloppers!)
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To: ResistorSister

See?
The guy was arrested without starting a protest in front of the AG department’s offices.

Let the local authorities do their jobs and the right thing will be done.


15 posted on 05/27/2010 9:45:43 AM PDT by netmilsmom (I am inyenzi on the Religion Forum)
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To: ResistorSister
...should be condemned by fellow vets and police officers.

We are all individuals and not lumped into a group, therefore I DO NOT have to condemn this idiot just because he may have worn a military uniform at one time. On top of everything else I'll wait to see if he really was in the military or a cop.

He is an individual and thus gets condemned on his own actions.

Stop this subtle "group" crap or we'll start asking all you civilians to apologize for being weak-kneed cowards who didn't have the backbone to put on the uniform and serve.

Do you like being lumped together with a few weirdos?

16 posted on 05/27/2010 9:46:37 AM PDT by OldMissileer (Atlas, Titan, Minuteman, PK. Winners of the Cold War)
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To: ResistorSister

If this inbred dipsh*t were to ever become a Police Officer, there would be little doubt that he would use these same ‘techniques’ on anyone unlucky enough to get pulled over by him.

What a piece of garbage.


17 posted on 05/27/2010 9:46:48 AM PDT by reagan_fanatic (Never trust anyone who points their rear end at God while praying.)
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To: OldMissileer

>>Stop this subtle “group” crap or we’ll start asking all you civilians to apologize for being weak-kneed cowards who didn’t have the backbone to put on the uniform and serve.<<

Thank you for your service from the wife of a Marine Vet.


18 posted on 05/27/2010 9:47:52 AM PDT by netmilsmom (I am inyenzi on the Religion Forum)
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To: reagan_fanatic

I agree with you; hopefully he will never become a Police Officer.


19 posted on 05/27/2010 9:50:01 AM PDT by ResistorSister (Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be men of courage; be strong. I Cor. 16:13)
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To: ResistorSister
The video is terrible and this pos deserves the maximum sentence, But then there is the agenda.

The deplorable conditions uncovered at Conklin Dairy Farms highlight the reality that animal agriculture is incapable of self-regulation and that meaningful federal and state laws must be implemented and strengthened to prevent egregious cruelty to farmed animals.

20 posted on 05/27/2010 9:50:25 AM PDT by muddler (Obama is either incompetent or malicious, and it makes little difference which.)
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To: ResistorSister

This perp is exactly the sort of person who becomes a death camp guard when circumstances permit.


21 posted on 05/27/2010 9:52:19 AM PDT by SpaceBar
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To: SpaceBar

Yep - I believe you have a keen understanding of the perp’s character.


22 posted on 05/27/2010 9:54:42 AM PDT by ResistorSister (Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be men of courage; be strong. I Cor. 16:13)
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To: OldMissileer

Holy Moly, calm down. No one was twisting your arm to say anything.


23 posted on 05/27/2010 9:56:21 AM PDT by ResistorSister (Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be men of courage; be strong. I Cor. 16:13)
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To: ResistorSister

“Billy Joe”

Of course. I hope the younger female members of his family have had the chance to grab their webbed-footed children and escape during his incarceration.


24 posted on 05/27/2010 9:58:07 AM PDT by Grunthor (Faster than the speed of smell.)
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To: ResistorSister

“His shameful actions, viciously beating, stomping, and stabbing defenseless cows and newborn calves, should be condemned by fellow vets and police officers.”

What makes you think any cops or military vets support this guy?

Wrong is wrong. One of the things wrong is group identity and group politics.


25 posted on 05/27/2010 9:59:03 AM PDT by Mr Rogers (When the ass brays, don't reply...)
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To: Retired Greyhound
Gotta love them factory farms.
They don't condone behavior, but do little to curb it apparently.
26 posted on 05/27/2010 9:59:51 AM PDT by Colvin (Proud Owner '66 Binder PU, '66 Binder Travelall,)
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To: muddler
Yes, there is “the agenda.” - Which is why dairy farmers and all other agribusinesses have to maintain strict policies on the gentle care of their products so they are not REGULATED into extinction by those with “the agenda.”
27 posted on 05/27/2010 10:00:20 AM PDT by ResistorSister (Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be men of courage; be strong. I Cor. 16:13)
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To: Taffini

Someone will have to research his past judgment - but while watching the video we saw his present judgment and it was that of a psycho.


28 posted on 05/27/2010 10:02:15 AM PDT by ResistorSister (Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be men of courage; be strong. I Cor. 16:13)
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To: Grunthor

Anyone else hear Dueling Banjos playing in the background?


29 posted on 05/27/2010 10:04:38 AM PDT by ResistorSister (Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be men of courage; be strong. I Cor. 16:13)
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To: Mr Rogers
Wrong is wrong. One of the things wrong is group identity and group politics.

Wrong, yes; however, group identity and group politics happens all of the time - and it is going to happen in this case too.

30 posted on 05/27/2010 10:07:40 AM PDT by ResistorSister (Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be men of courage; be strong. I Cor. 16:13)
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To: Taffini

He sounds psyco. Lock him up.””

BS- Shoot the bastard.


31 posted on 05/27/2010 10:10:56 AM PDT by ridesthemiles
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To: ResistorSister

Doesn’t sound like this **** for brains knew how to milk a cow.

Under what pretext was he doing this?

Sounds like the guards gone wild in Iraq (who in no way reflected on our military although the media tried to make the connection just as this vegan group is trying to smear the entire dairy industry).


32 posted on 05/27/2010 10:18:13 AM PDT by a fool in paradise (Throw the bums out in 2010.)
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To: ridesthemiles

I think you have the solution.


33 posted on 05/27/2010 10:25:33 AM PDT by B4Ranch ("You cannot defeat an enemy you will not define.")
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To: ResistorSister

I find it frightening to ever have some one like this in positions of authority where physical force may be used. Sounds like he sought out these positions (military, police) just like a pedophile seeks out positions with kids.

I hope this record goes before him to keep him from ever being a cop on the street.


34 posted on 05/27/2010 10:29:51 AM PDT by I still care (I believe in the universality of freedom -George Bush, asked if he regrets going to war.)
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To: a fool in paradise
Under what pretext was he doing this?

He did it under the pretext that the cows understood his verbal commands and they were just being disobedient.

The same pretext was used when he told the newborn calf to let go of the feeding tube and she wouldn't - he had no choice but to twist her neck, throw her on the ground and stomp on her because it was the only way he could get her to listen. (of course I am being facetious.)

35 posted on 05/27/2010 10:34:14 AM PDT by ResistorSister (Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be men of courage; be strong. I Cor. 16:13)
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To: I still care
I hope this record goes before him to keep him from ever being a cop on the street.

You'll find that even if it prevents him from becoming a police officer, it wouldn't prevent him from being a security guard or tow truck driver.

36 posted on 05/27/2010 10:36:41 AM PDT by a fool in paradise (Throw the bums out in 2010.)
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To: ResistorSister

Attn: All Ohio dogs. Another psycho on his way.


37 posted on 05/27/2010 10:40:54 AM PDT by cydcharisse (`)
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To: a fool in paradise

...or a mall cop


38 posted on 05/27/2010 10:43:45 AM PDT by ResistorSister (Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be men of courage; be strong. I Cor. 16:13)
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To: muddler; All
..."then there is the agenda."...

Something about this whole story/episode doesn't add up, IMHO...

Cleveland paper reported this a.m. that the owner of the farm also was seen on video abusing the cows...so it's not a case of one random psychopath committing horrendous acts of cruelty, unless the paper got the story wrong...

So, we have a whole group of psycho dairy farm workers inflicting (or at least complicit in) terrible abuse on innocent livestock, despite being within 25 miles of the state capitol, within easy range of Farm Bureau inspectors, and probably involved with customers, neighbors, delivery people, etc...

Not to mention, it really is critical right now to avoid even the slightest appearance of animal abuse, with the state poised to impose stringent animal rights regulations at the first hint of an excuse for it...

and this 4th generation dairy farm business is either ignorant or unconcerned about that, as well as all being unspeakably, inhumanly cruel across the board?

Did not watch the video, and if these accusations are true, then the perpetrators should be taken out and shot, after first being subjected for a few hours to the same treatment they gave the animals...

But the whole sordid story just doesn't make sense to me...

39 posted on 05/27/2010 11:15:44 AM PDT by 88keys ("Congressional integrity" should not be an oxymoron...)
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To: 88keys

Maybe the story doesn’t make sense to you and many others because it involves something that the majority of us lack, which is a cognitive understanding of the dark underbelly of agribusiness. When we lack understanding, we find that it can be difficult to make sense of something.


40 posted on 05/27/2010 12:28:35 PM PDT by ResistorSister (Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be men of courage; be strong. I Cor. 16:13)
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To: ResistorSister
...which is a cognitive understanding of the dark underbelly of agribusiness.

If you think many farmers treat their animals like this you're nuts. Methinks you have an agenda. What's your association with "animal rights" groups ?

41 posted on 05/27/2010 2:29:48 PM PDT by jimt
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To: jimt
Methinks you're acting paranoid, friend. I have no association with any animal rights group.

Although, I am a member of Friends of the Pound in Stark County, Ohio. Our website is starkdogs.org - an all volunteer organization that cares for the homeless dogs at the pound. The pound used to be a 'kill pound' - but since FOTP has stepped in, we have been able to find homes for over a 1000 dogs and puppies every year.

Listen, I stand by my statement because obviously the video caught a glimpse of the dark underbelly (seamy, hidden area) of agribusiness; most Americans are not aware of the fact that some (not many) farmers do mistreat their animals.

42 posted on 05/27/2010 3:16:12 PM PDT by ResistorSister (Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be men of courage; be strong. I Cor. 16:13)
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To: ResistorSister
should be condemned by fellow vets and police officers.

Why, are some former vets and police officers supporting him? Idiot!

43 posted on 05/27/2010 3:31:13 PM PDT by xone
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To: xone

I think we could be friends!


44 posted on 05/27/2010 3:49:13 PM PDT by ResistorSister (Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be men of courage; be strong. I Cor. 16:13)
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To: ResistorSister
I think we could be friends!

Dump the 'guilt by association' mantra you are chanting and look at the world like a normal person and you may be right. That doesn't change the facts that what you said and your views on agribusiness are idiotic.

45 posted on 05/27/2010 4:41:59 PM PDT by xone
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To: ResistorSister
Sounds like he'd have made a great cop.
46 posted on 05/27/2010 5:21:14 PM PDT by TASMANIANRED (Liberals are educated above their level of intelligence.. Thanks Sr. Angelica)
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To: TASMANIANRED

Yeah, he has that whole intentional use of excessive force thing down pat.


47 posted on 05/27/2010 5:58:48 PM PDT by ResistorSister (Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be men of courage; be strong. I Cor. 16:13)
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To: xone
The entire world, and human nature looks at guilt by association. For example, you have grouped me in with all the idiots that do not view the world exactly as you do.

Honestly, I wasn't grouping; I was just throwing out the concept known as "heading it off at the pass" you know, admit the guy was wrong before the media could group him by association with vets and cops.

You and I may never view the world the same, nor think along the same lines, but I would never call you an idiot. Take care.

48 posted on 05/27/2010 6:18:28 PM PDT by ResistorSister (Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be men of courage; be strong. I Cor. 16:13)
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To: ResistorSister
The entire world, and human nature looks at guilt by association.

I don't, and suspect those who believe in individual responsibility don't either.

you have grouped me in with all the idiots that do not view the world exactly as you do.

No, I group you with people who espouse guilt by association and because the guy claimed he was a vet therefore vets need to condemn him. Additionally I grouped you with people who make statements about agribusiness animal husbandry that more properly belong over at DU, IOW idiots.

but I would never call you an idiot.

If I made statements like that I would hope someone would. I apologize if I offended you.

49 posted on 05/27/2010 7:08:52 PM PDT by xone
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To: SpaceBar

Exactly. And there are more of them out there.


50 posted on 05/27/2010 8:00:47 PM PDT by Taffini ( Mr. Pippen and Mr. Waffles do not approve and neither do I)
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