Fair Oaks Farms

Newton County Sheriff's Office / Associated Press

KENTLAND, Ind. (AP) — A man accused of abusing calves at an Indiana dairy farm that's a popular agritourism destination is in federal immigration custody.

Newton County jail officers transferred 36-year-old Edgar Gardozo-Vasquez to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement custody on July 19 after he posted bond.

FAIR OAKS, Ind. (AP) — A prosecutor says investigators are looking into whether an animal rights group worker coerced employees at a large northwestern Indiana dairy farm into the abuse of young calves that was captured on undercover video.

Newton County Prosecutor Jeff Drinski says a witness has corroborated allegations from an abuse suspect that the Animal Recovery Mission employee encouraged the abuse at Fair Oaks Farms. Drinski says detectives will try to interview the group's employee.

The Latest: 1 arrested on abuse charges at Indiana farm

Jun 13, 2019
Newton County Sheriff's Office / Associated Press

FAIR OAKS, Ind. (AP) — Authorities have arrested one of three people charged with animal cruelty following the release of video showing workers kicking and throwing young calves at a northwestern Indiana dairy farm that is an agritourism destination.

The Newton County Sheriff's Department said Wednesday 36-year-old Edgar Gardozo-Vasquez of Brook was taken into custody and is being held at the Newton County Jail on a felony charge of torturing or mutilating a vertebrate animal and misdemeanor animal cruelty at Fair Oaks Farms.

Activist Group Releases More Undercover Video Showing Animal Abuse At Fair Oaks Farms

Jun 12, 2019

AJ Garcia is director of investigations at the Miami-based activist group Animal Recovery Mission. (Drew Daudelin/WFYI)


The Miami-based activist group Animal Recovery Mission on Wednesday announced a new undercover video showing animal abuse at a Fair Oaks Farms location.

New video shows adult cows being abused at Indiana farm

Jun 12, 2019

FAIR OAKS, Ind. (AP) — An animal rights group that infiltrated a popular Indiana dairy farm and captured disturbing undercover video that has led to animal cruelty charges against three former farm workers released new footage Wednesday showing workers punching and striking adult cows with poles while loading them into a farm milking carousel.

The Newton County Sheriff’s office released the names Tuesday of three former Fair Oaks Farms employees facing criminal charges connected to animal cruelty.

Fair Oaks Farms released its own video response Wednesday following footage showing animal abuse at the company’s operation. In it, the company pledges to improve protections for animals.

Fair Oaks Farms in northwest Indiana is under investigation after an online video showed animals being abused.

Let's Eat: Fair Oaks Farms

Aug 17, 2018

Join Chef Nick as he sits down with the fine folks at Fair Oaks on this edition of "Let's Eat"

GNIAR / Realtors website

Today:  We talk with Crown Point Realtor Clarence Webb for his view on how northwest Indiana home sales went in 2017 and a look at 2018.  We also talk with Denise Rodriguez with NIPSCO about the utility's payment programs -- including the Low Income Heating Assistance Program -- and how they can help customers pay their winter heating bills and "keep the heat on" on the colest days.

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Today:  a conversation with Indiana Youth Institute President and CEO Tami Silverman on IYI programs underway and planned in northwest Indiana, as well as a new "Race for Results" report that highlights achievement and outcome gaps between different racial groups of children in Indiana and around the country.  Tami also talks about the importance of instilling in youngsters a philanthropic attitude.

Fair Oaks Farms

Fair Oaks Farms in Newton County is building a new addition to the agritourism destination -- a $15 million Fairfield Inn & Suites on the campus along I-65.  Chief Strategy Officer Michael McCall says it is a uniquely-built addition to the current restaurant and conference center. The new hotel should be completed in early 2019.   McCall talked with us about it, for an upcoming "Regionally Speaking" episode.

WBAA Public Radio

Today:  Cal Bellamy, the president of the Shared Ethics Advisory Commission, is in the studio to talk about the multi-county commission and its goals to train employees of governmental offices and other facilities in ethical workplace practices.  The SEAC just released its 2016 annual report and Bellamy talks about 2017, including its annual Ethics Summit in early April.