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Waikato pet food operation denies cruelty

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 17/08/2016

A Waikato pet food company and its owner have both denied charges of animal cruelty against bobby calves following an animal rights activist sting.

Alan Cleaver and his Te Kauwhata company Down Cow each entered not guilty pleas to two charges laid by the Ministry for Primary Industries at an appearance in Huntly District Court on Wednesday.

The case will be back in court in October.

MPI began investigating after secret video was taken by animal welfare group Farmwatch.

The sting led to Noel Pirika Erickson, 38, being sentenced to 10 months' home detention and 200 hours' community work after admitting abusing 115 bobby calves over two days last year at a slaughterhouse near Te Kauwhata.

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