Woman who took cattle abuse video charged with animal abuse

Abuse investigation continuing

GREELEY, Colo. - The woman who took a video showing alleged animal abuse at a cattle ranch near Kersey is now facing animal cruelty charges.

Taylor Radig, who was associated with an animal rights organization, filmed the abuse as she worked at the Quanah Cattle Company from mid-July through September.

Radig was associated with an animal rights organization identified as Compassion Over Killing and referred to herself as a “contractor” for said organization, according to the sheriff's office.

The video footage was handed over to the Weld County Sheriff's Office two months after Radig quit working there, the sheriff's office said.

On Friday, Radig was charged with animal cruelty because she didn't report the abuse when it was happening, which is a violation of state law.

Previously cited in the same case were Larry Loma, 32, of Greeley; Ernesto Daniel Valenzuela-Alvarez, 34, of Eaton; and Tomas Cerda, 33, of Greeley.  They each face one misdemeanor charge, which could result in six to 18 months in jail, and a $500 to $5,000 fine.

Quanah is owned by J.D. Heiskell & Co., a privately owned feed company based in Tulare and with operations around the country. Heiskell is a joint venture partner in Quanah, which handles bull dairy calves.

In a prepared statement, JD Heiskell Holdings in Tulare said it is "dismayed" by images showing dairy calves being mistreated at the Quanah ranch, and vowed to cooperate with authorities investigating the alleged abuse.

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