Police guard Ohio farm at heart of animal-cruelty investigation to prevent private-property protest
PLAIN CITY, Ohio — About 150 law enforcement officers are guarding highways around an Ohio dairy farm where animal welfare activists want to stage a protest after a video showed cows being kicked and poked with pitchforks.
The Union County sheriff's office says Internet chatter indicated a protest was scheduled Sunday. But authorities say the Plain City farm is private property and is surrounded by highways, leaving no place for people to legally park or protest.
Sgt. Chris Skinner says a few people in cars approached officers about staging a rally. He says they must find public property.
Conklin Dairy Farms says it won't condone animal abuse and is cooperating with authorities.
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-- Associated Press
Photo: A screen grab from the video released by Mercy for Animals. (The video in its entirety is available for viewing on the group's website. Warning: It contains graphic images.) Credit: Mercy for Animals