Skip to comments.Bond Set For Worker Accused In Cow Abuse Video
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.
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.
Gotta get that practice in before taking the qualification exams...
No one starts at the top.
What kind of judgment did he use as a police officer and while he was in the service? He sounds psyco. Lock him up.
that video is flat horrible. I hope this savage gets what is coming to him.
Should fit right into most police forces.
Gotta have that ‘command presence’ ya know.
“Billy Joe Gregg, 25, appeared in court, charged with 12 counts of cruelty to animals.”
Just a good democrat and Obama supporter.
The evidence just became tainted.
Very disturbing behavior.
Animals are to be treated humanely. Their meat keeps us alive.
Tainted in what way? The guy is on tape beating cows over their heads with a crowbar.
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.
This guy is just a stupid punk. I do pray he NEVER has children.
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.
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?
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.
>>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.
I agree with you; hopefully he will never become a Police Officer.
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.
This perp is exactly the sort of person who becomes a death camp guard when circumstances permit.
Yep - I believe you have a keen understanding of the perp’s character.
Holy Moly, calm down. No one was twisting your arm to say anything.
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.
“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.
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.
Anyone else hear Dueling Banjos playing in the background?
Wrong, yes; however, group identity and group politics happens all of the time - and it is going to happen in this case too.
He sounds psyco. Lock him up.””
BS- Shoot the bastard.
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).
I think you have the solution.
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.
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.)
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.
Attn: All Ohio dogs. Another psycho on his way.
...or a mall cop
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...
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.
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 ?
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.
Why, are some former vets and police officers supporting him? Idiot!
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.
Yeah, he has that whole intentional use of excessive force thing down pat.
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.
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.
Exactly. And there are more of them out there.