Nine workers at Wyoming pig farm charged with animal cruelty

Nine employees at a Wyoming pig farm in Wheatland have been charged with animal cruelty.

The workers at Wyoming Premium Farms were charged recently after the Wyoming Livestock Board and the Platte County Attorney's office followed up on an undercover investigation by the Humane Society of the Unities States. The animal rights organization caught the employees on videotape kicking and beating pigs.

Wyoming Premium Farms' Assistant Manager Shawn Colson was charged with seven counts of animal cruelty while eight other employees each face two to four counts of animal cruelty.

The maximum penalty on each count under Wyoming law is two years in prison and a $5,000 fine.

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