Humane officers find videos claiming abuse at Green County dairy operation ‘out of context’

Green County Sheriff's squad car

BRODHEAD, Wis. — Humane officers who found videos claiming abuse at a Green County dairy operation have been deemed “out of context.”

According to a news release from the Green County Sheriff’s Office, deputies received an email on Feb. 3 reporting suspected animal abuse at Pinnacle Dairy on N4201 Decatur-Sylvester Road.

Officials said the email had links to 25 YouTube videos that showed injured, ill or dead cattle and at least one video showing a person kicking a dairy cow.

The release said Green County officials reviewed the videos and concluded that an inspection of the farm was warranted to confirm whether the animal carcasses were being properly disposed of and that the animals were receiving adequate care.

A team of seven deputies from Green, Rock and Lafayette counties visited Pinnacle Dairy on Thursday to inspect the farm.

Deputies determined that the YouTube videos were recorded in January 2019. The person who was believed to have made the recordings was fired from the farm that same month.

Officials said the videos were out of context and were not an accurate reflection of the farm’s practices.

The release said the employee who was seen kicking a cow in one of the videos was fired in May for performance issues.

After a thorough and complete inspection of the farm was conducted, deputies and the state veterinarian unanimously determined that the complaints of animal abuse or neglect were unfounded.

Officials said no further law enforcement action is necessary, and the case is considered close.