Seven charged in animal cruelty investigation at NC butterball plant

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RAEFORD, N.C. — Seven people were charged with animal cruelty at a Butterball farm in Wednesday in Hoke County.

The Fayetteville Observer reported that Dr. Sarah Jean Mason, with the state Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services, pleaded guilty to misdemeanor charges of obstructing justice and resisting, delaying and obstructing an officer.

Mason was sentenced to 45 days in jail, which was all suspended during 12 months of probation.

Mason is accused of letting a Butterball veterinarian know about a secret video showing abuse at the tom-milking facility in Shannon in December.

Officials said that by telling the vet that the district attorney had the video, she tipped off Butterball about an investigation.

To read more, visitThe Fayetteville Observer.