A former worker at Bushway Packing Inc. in Grand Isle, Vt., has pled guilty to one charge of aggravated cruelty to animals for his role in the abuse of veal calves at the plant last year.
Christopher Gaudette, 37, was caught on secretly taped video by an "investigator" for The Humane Society of the United States showing Gaudette excessively shocking non-ambulatory calves with electric prods and engaging in other abuse (Feedstuffs, Aug. 16).
He is to receive a sentence of one to three years in jail, which will be suspended to 30 days of work on a state work crew, according to Vermont Attorney General William Sorrell. He also will be prohibited from future work around live animals, Sorrell said.
A co-owner of the plant, Frank Perretta, 51, pled no contest in October to one charge of animal abuse and received a one-year suspended sentence. He also agreed to pay a $2,000 fine, perform 120 hours of community service and not work around live animals in the future.
The plant has been closed.
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