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9 charged in Wyoming pig farm animal abuse case

Nine people are charged with animal cruelty following an undercover investigation at a Wyoming pig farm.

The investigation began after a person for the Humane Society of the United States began secretly filming operations at Wyoming Premium Farms, in Wheatland.

Employees were caught on tape kicking, beating, and tossing pigs.

Wyoming Premium Farms' Assistant Manager Shawn Colson was charged with seven counts of animal cruelty.

Others charged with cruelty include Bryan David Bienz Jr (two counts); Kali E. Oseland (four counts); Edward Raymond (Jake) Pritekel (three counts); Richard Pritekel (four counts); Kyla Erin Adams (two counts); Steve Perry (three counts); Jarrod Barney Juarez (two counts), and Patrick D. Rukavina (three counts).

An animal cruelty conviction in Wyoming carries a maximum penalty of up to two years in prison and/or a $5,000 fine.

The charges come after a follow-up investigation by the Wyoming Livestock Board and the Platte County Attorney's Office.

An animal cruelty conviction carries a maximum penalty of two years in prison, a five thousand dollar fine ... Or both.

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