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Man involved in alleged cattle abuse charged

5:49 PM, Jan 21, 2014   |    comments
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KERSEY - Tomas Cerda was charged with cruelty to animals after a video recorded by an animal rights organization surfaced in November 2014, exposing alleged abuse at Quanah Cattle Co. in Kersey.

Detectives have identified the three men seen in the video as Ernesto Alvarez, Cerda and Larry Loma. A manager at Quanah told 9NEWS all three men have been terminated following an internal investigation.

Sheriff John Cooke said the suspects were hired through a temporary agency. He added Alvarez, Cerda and Loma had worked for Quanah for about six months.

"We still have work to do. We want to make sure we have identified all the suspects and all the parties to determine if we need to make other arrests," Sheriff Cooke said.

According to detectives, the suspected employees claimed they were not trained on how to properly handle livestock. A manager at Quanah told 9NEWS that two remaining employees will be retrained.

If convicted, Cerda could face up to 18 months behind bars and a $5,000 fine. Cerda will be sentenced on Feb. 21 at 11 a.m.

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