On October 21, 2008, the Greene County Sheriff and Greene County Attorney's Office completed their investigation into a complaint of animal cruelty reported on September 15, 2008 by PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) which took place at a hog confinement facility located in southwestern Greene County, Iowa. The owners of the facility are Mow Mar out of Minnesota and the site is managed by Suidae Health and Production.
PETA supplied the sheriff's office with taped incidents of abuse which reportedly took place at the facility last summer and which was documented by undercover employees who were working for PETA. A number of present and past employees have been interviewed regarding this matter.
Six people have been charged with misdemeanors, according to a statement from the sheriff's office. Warrants have been issued for the aforementioned defendants and once arrested will have their initial appearance before the Greene County Magistrate. Under Iowa law, an Aggravated Misdemeanor carries a maximum penalty of up to two years in prison and a minimum $625.00 fine or a maximum fine of $6250.00 A Simple Misdemeanor carries up to a maximum of 30 days in the county jail and a minimum $65.00 fine or a maximum fine of $625.00.