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Sheriff's office will investigate animal abuse claims at Minnesota hog farm

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The Rock County Sheriff's Office will be investigating reports of animal abuse at a Minnesota hog farm following an animal rights group's undercover investigation.

The department and an independent veterinarian will inspect Christensen Farms & Feedlots hog farm in Luverne after video claiming to show alleged animal mistreatment was released this week, KDLT reports.

The Star Tribune says the sheriff's office hopes to visit the farm in the next week.

Sleepy Eye-based Christensen Farms announced Friday it had suspended seven employees following claims they had violated animal welfare policies and said the company is conducting a full internal investigation into the report of improper animal care.

And on Wednesday, after the video and details of the alleged abuse was released, Christensen Farms CEO Glenn Stolt issued another statement:

“The portions of the video we have seen are both disturbing and will be part of our ongoing internal investigation. The company will not tolerate violations of farm policies and procedures. All employees shown in the video have already been suspended, effective last week, and we will be taking appropriate actions as we conclude our investigation. We are also working closely with local law enforcement.”

Christensen Farms also says it has asked the group that released the video for the unedited footage to ensure it takes the appropriate action based on all evidence available, the statement notes.

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