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Conklin Dairy Farms Cited for Carcass Burial Pit

So, now they're getting publicity for how quickly they "resolved" the burials? OMG please. Why isn't Gary Conklin being charged with anything? He was on the video repeatedly kicking a downed cow in the face because "she would die if she lay there too long". Like she wasn't going to slaughter. He just wanted to squeeze that last little dime out of her.

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Saturday, May 29, 2010 02:51 AM
 By Holly Zachariah

The state gave the Conklin dairy farm five days to take care of an improper burial pit for its dead cows or face more serious code violations, but the farm took care of the problem in less than 24 hours.

Conklin Dairy Cattle Sales in Union County has been under a microscope all week since an animal-rights organization released video footage showing farm workers maliciously abusing calves and cows.

As part of the criminal investigation into the abuse, state agriculture inspectors were at the farm along Rt. 42 Thursday and issued a citation because they found cow carcasses in a pit full of water.

Ohio law says the carcasses must be buried at least 4feet deep. Inspectors returned yesterday at the farm's request. Owner Gary Conklin had pumped the water from the pit and the dead animals had been properly buried, said Cindy Kalis, spokeswoman for the Ohio Department of Agriculture.

She said the pit contained enough bones and carcasses that it was unclear how many animals were there.

The only person charged in the case is 25-year-old Billy Joe Gregg of Delaware, who was fired Wednesday after the video surfaced. An undercover employee of Mercy For Animals taped the footage.

Gregg is charged with 12 counts of animal cruelty and remains in jail on a $100,000 bond. He is due back in Marysville Municipal Court on June 10.

Marysville Law Director Tim Aslaner said the investigation continues.

 hzachariah@dispatch .com http://www.dispatch .com/live/ content/local_ news/stories/ 2010/05/29/ dairy-farm- in-abuse- case-resolves- burial-pit- issue.html? sid=101

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