Man Accused of Fair Oaks Farms Abuse Released from Jail

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Man Accused of Fair Oaks Farms Abuse Released from Jail

Edgar Gardozo-Vasquez faces multiple charges after undercover video showed him and two others abusing and torturing animals at Fair Oaks Farms.

NEWTON COUNTY, Ind. — A man accused of beating and abusing animals at Fair Oaks Farms has been released from jail on bond.

Edgar Gardozo-Vazquez had his bond reduced by a judge on Wednesday and was released after his partner put up the required $1,000.

WLFI-TV reports the judge agreed to reduce his bond after his partner took the stand and testified for him, saying, "He's not doing anything wrong. I know he's innocent." 

She also promised that Gardozo-Vazquez would be at all of his future court appearances.

Gardozo-Vazquez is one of three former Fair Oaks Farms employees caught on undercover video beating, kicking, and torturing cows.

He is charged with animal cruelty and torturing or mutilating a vertebrate animal. 

Immigration Customs Enforcement, or ICE, has placed a hold on him.

The other two men in the video, Santiago Ruvalcaba Contreros and Miguel Angel Navarro Serrano, are still at large.

Gardozo-Vazquez is due back in court Aug. 12.

(Photo provided by the Newton Co. Jail.)

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