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Two Wiese brothers dairy farm workers settle animal mistreatment cases

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By Brian Turner (Flickr: My Trusty Gavel) [CC-BY-2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons
Judges gavel. By Brian Turner (Flickr: My Trusty Gavel) [CC-BY-2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

GREEN BAY, WI (WTAQ) - Two workers at a northeast Wisconsin dairy farm have settled their court cases, after they were caught mistreating cows on a video last year.  

39-year-old Lucia Martinez of Wrightstown and 31-year-old Abelardo Jaimes of Menasha both struck plea deals which mostly convicted them of non-criminal ordinance violations instead of misdemeanors.

Both pleaded no contest Tuesday in Brown County. Martinez was told to pay almost $1,300 in fines and court costs. Jaimes must pay just over $700.  

The animal rights group Mercy for Animals secretly-recorded video of mistreatment at the Wiese Brothers farm near Greenleaf. The group posted video last December of employees kicking, whipping, stabbing, and suspending sick and injured cows.  

Prosecutors said Martinez and Jaimes worked in an infirmary for sick cows -- and while force was occasionally needed to bring the animals to their feet, the techniques were excessive.

Jaimes still works at the dairy. Martinez was one of two employees let go.  

Two other defendants -- Crescencio Pineda of Menasha and Misael Monge-Minero of Green Bay -- are due in court early next month.

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)