Target: Judge Calvin Campbell, Fifth Judicial District, Idaho
Goal: Praise punishment for former dairy worker who deliberately mistreated cows
A former dairy employee has been sentenced to six months in jail for his cruelty and mistreatment of animals within his care. The employee, Javier Victor Rojas-Loayza, was employed at Dry Creek Dairy in south-central Idaho when he and others were caught abusing the dairy’s cows by a fellow employee. The man was seen beating cows with a cane, dragging them by chains attached to their necks, and kicking and stomping cows that had fallen.
Rojas-Loayza plead guilty to charges of misdemeanor animal cruelty and was sentenced to 180 days in jail as well as two years probation for his actions. He was also fined $475 and banned from owning, herding, or working with animals during his probation. The sentence will be carried out as a suspended sentence, with nine days of sheriff’s work detail where he will work on public projects and general improvement of his city.
Another employee that participated in the brutal beatings also plead guilty to animal cruelty, and was sentenced to a year in prison as well as a $500 fine. Another is facing charges, but police have been unable to locate him. The dairy is now under new ownership after the previous owners faced intense backlash for allowing or being unaware of the cruelty committed in their facility.
The court’s ruling takes a firm stance against animal abuse in Idaho, and will serve to deter further instances of abuse in dairies, one of the state’s largest industries. Your signature will commend the decision, which will help ensure the safety and well-being of dairy cows throughout the state.
Dear Judge Campbell,
An Idaho court recently sentenced a former dairy worker to a 180-day jail sentence for his role in the cruel abuse and mistreatment of animals within his care. Two others are facing similar charges after they beat, kicked, and dragged cows during their employment at Dry Creek Dairy. The worker plead guilty to misdemeanor animal cruelty and will serve a suspended sentence as well as nine days of work detail.
With dairy production being one of the biggest industries in the state of Idaho, it is important that both employees and employers are abiding by animal protection laws. I applaud the ruling, which will help to protect the state’s dairy cows by deterring future animal abuse.
[Your Name Here]
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