EARLIER STORY: Dairy farm worker fired and arrested.
MARYSVILLE, Ohio — The man arrested May 26 in connection with abuse to livestock at an Ohio dairy farm remains in custody on $100,000 bond.
Billy Joe Gregg, 25, of Delaware County, was charged May 27 for multiple violations to Ohio law on animal treatment, which prohibits anyone from knowingly torturing an animal, depriving it of necessary sustenance, unnecessarily or cruelly beating an animal, needlessly mutilating or killing it, or compounding or confining an animal without supplying it a sufficient supply of good, wholesome food and water.
If convicted, he could face up to 90 days in jail for each offense, or a total of about three years.
Gregg’s actions were documented on an undercover video released to media this week by the animal rights group Mercy For Animals. He was shown willfully abusing farm animals at Conklin Dairy Farms of Plain City.
After reviewing the video, authorities in Union County, Ohio are charging him for “hitting a mature cow in the face with a metal rod,” “throwing a young calf to the ground” and “hitting it in the face with an open hand,” kicking and punching a cow’s milk sack, breaking a cow’s tail, punching a young calf in the face and other similar crimes.
Marysville City Prosecutor Tim Aslaner said Gregg asked for his bond price to be reduced, but it was kept at $100,000 — the amount Aslaner requested.
According to court records, signed by the judge, Gregg is “not to have any contact as a caretaker of any domestic animals.”
News agencies in Columbus reported he asked for a lesser charge so he could go home and care for his dogs.
The Columbus Dispatch reported he has no apparent ties to the community, and has lived in at least three other states, because of his service in the military.
He reportedly asked to be released from jail because he has an upcoming appointment with the Department of Veterans Affairs for his military disability, which he did not identify.
Aslaner would not elaborate on the legitimacy of the video or whether there could be charges against those who made it. MFA conducted its investigation over a four-week period and has come under scrutiny for waiting nearly a month to turn in the abuse.
“The overall investigation is still open,” Aslaner said.
He said the content in the video, “was really pretty stomach turning,” saying “right now, it’s an ongoing investigation.”
Gregg is expected back in court in early June, to enter a plea. He does not have a defense attorney and is seeking a public defender.
Farmers and farm groups across Ohio continued to weigh in on the case May 27, adding further condemnation over the acts in the film.
Gregg’s actions do not speak accurately for the industry, countless sources have said.