SALEM, Ohio — The woman who cried ‘animal abuse’ and summoned national attention to a Wayne County hog farm has dropped her civil lawsuit against the farm owner.
Ingrid DiMarino, a former employee on the Wiles hog farm near Creston, dropped her case against Ken Wiles April 30.
However, Wiles may not be in the clear yet.
“Any plaintiff has the one-time right to voluntarily dismiss a civil case,” said Russell Buzzelli, Wiles’ attorney.
Along with that right comes the ability to refile the case within one year, according to Buzzelli.
Buzzelli said DiMarino’s allegations were “civil in nature” and were filed on the basis of civil rights, including charges of unfair labor practices, wage discrimination and wrongful termination.
Ken Wiles previously told Farm and Dairy that DiMarino alleged more than 30 claims in the suit and sought $25,000 plus damages on each.
DiMarino, who was employed on the farm from October 2004 to May 2006, filed her case in May 2007.
During her time at the farm, the woman summoned the California-based Humane Farming Association, which launched an undercover investigation into animal cruelty there.
The farm was raided in November 2006 by HFA officials and local sheriff’s deputies.
Ken Wiles and his son, Joe Wiles, along with farm employee Dusty Stroud, were charged with cruelty to animals in January 2007.
Last June, Wayne County Municipal Court Judge Stuart Miller cleared Ken Wiles and Dusty Stroud of all animal cruelty charges. Joe Wiles, who manages the farm, was found guilty on one charge, fined, ordered one year of probation and to attend a humane handling training session.
Buzzelli said if DiMarino chooses to refile her case, it could be done in Wayne County Municipal Court or another court as long as she followed state or federal rules for civil procedure.
Two attorneys, Myra Cottrill and Caryn Groedel, who were at one time listed on the court docket as representing Ingrid DiMarino, did not return calls seeking comment.
There are currently no other charges pending against Wiles.
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