Charge Dropped For Woman Who Filmed Alleged Abuse

Taylor Radig (credit: Weld County Sheriff’s Office)
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Prosecutors have dropped animal cruelty charges against a woman who secretly videotaped calves being dragged, kicked and thrown at a northeastern Colorado cattle company.

Sheriff's deputies had cited Taylor Radig in November, saying she delayed reporting the treatment that she witnessed and that constituted cruelty.

Radig was working undercover at the Quanah Cattle Company at the time she made the video; she is reportedly an investigator with animal rights group "Compassion Over Killing." Compassion Over Killing later released Radig's video, leading to misdemeanor animal abuse charges for three people.

But the Weld County Sheriff's Office said it wasn't until November that Radig brought the video to them--two months after she ended her employment at the cattle company. Radig reportedly worked at the Quanah Cattle Company from May-September.

“Can you imagine all the baby calves they could’ve protected for those four months? They could have stopped that cruelty in a week by coming to us, presenting the evidence, and we would’ve done the exact same thing we did now. But they chose not to do that,” Sheriff John Cooke told sister station KCNC in November.

The Greeley Tribune reports prosecutors dropped the case Friday, saying they didn't believe they could win a conviction.