Taylor Radig (credit: Weld County Sheriff’s Office)
A woman who secretly filmed a video showing calves being dragged, kicked and thrown at a northeastern Colorado cattle company in an attempt to expose animal abuse has been charged with animal cruelty.
Taylor Radig is reportedly an investigator with the animal rights group “Compassion Over Killing.” She filmed undercover video while working at the Quanah Cattle Company from July through September.
The video released by the animal rights organization led to animal abuse citations for three men, but now Radig is also facing charges.
The sheriff's office says she was negligent because she didn't report the alleged abuse in a timely manner. Weld County Sheriff John Cooke said Radig waited two months after she left the company before she gave the video to the sheriff's office. As a result, she's also being charged with animal cruelty.
“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,” said Cooke.
Compassion Over Killing's director, Erica Meier, tells The Greeley Tribune that Radig merely witnessed others committing abuse.