Five former employees of a pig farm in Wheatland have been convicted of animal cruelty after an undercover investigation by the Humane Society of the United States captured video of animals being mistreated.
The five sentenced in Platte County Circuit Court were assigned a $530 for each offense and six months' probation. The maximum possible penalty for the crimes was $750 and six months in jail. The Billings Gazette reports three other employees are still awaiting trial and one, the former manager, is working out a plea deal. All nine employees charged in the case were fired before charges were ever filed, but a nationwide food supplier, Tyson, severed its contract with the facility.