A former Butterball LLC worker shown on a video last year violating company animal welfare standards at a turkey breeder farm in Shannon, N.C., has pleaded guilty to felony animal cruelty.
Brian Douglas will serve a sentence of 30 days imprisonment, followed by 6 months intensive probation and 36 months of supervised probation, according to Mercy For Animals, the animal activist group that shot the video made public in December 2011.
Douglas was also ordered to pay $550 in fees and fines and provide a DNA sample to the state, and will be subject to warrantless searches.
Four other Butterball employees were also charged with cruelty to animals.
Their cases are still pending.
Butterball fired four workers after a December 2011 raid on the facility by Hoke County law officers, prompted by the video.
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