Weld County DA drops charges against woman who recorded, waited to report apparent animal cruelty
January 14, 2014
The Weld County District Attorney's Office on Friday dropped charges against a woman who in 2013 was cited for animal cruelty after she videotaped what appeared to be mistreatment at a Kersey-area cattle facility and waited too long to report the violations.
Though the Weld County Sheriff's Office found probable cause when deputies cited Taylor Radig, the DA's office decided after further review that "the charges can't be proven beyond a reasonable doubt," according to a Friday afternoon news release.
Radig was charged with animal cruelty, a class one misdemeanor, in November after authorities investigated videos she took between July and September while working as a temporary employee at Quanah Cattle Co. near Kersey, according to a previous news release from the Weld County Sheriff's Office.
The sheriff's office received the video from animal-rights organization Compassion Over Killing on Nov. 15 and launched an investigation that led to animal abuse citations for three men shown in the video.
Deputies then contacted Radig on Nov. 20, and she told investigators she was a contractor for Compassion Over Killing and compiled many hours of animal abuse footage she collected on an as-needed basis.
But Compassion Over Killing provided the video to the sheriff's office about two months after Radig's employment ended with the company, and her "failure to report the alleged abuse of the animals in a timely manner adheres to the definition of acting with negligence and substantiates the charge animal cruelty," the initial release stated.