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Former Owner of Grand Isle Slaughterhouse Sentenced

Posted on Oct 28, 2010 - 7:11 AM
The former owner of Grand Isle slaughterhouse

Frank Perretta, the former co-owner of a Grand
Isle slaughterhouse shut down in 2009 following
allegations of abuse of veal calves, pleaded no
contest Wednesday to a misdemeanor animal-
cruelty charge and received a one-year
suspended sentence.

Under terms of a plea deal worked out with the
state Attorney General’s Office, Perretta also
agreed to pay a $2,000 fine, perform 120 hours
of community service and not participate in any
animal husbandry or slaughterhouse activity in
the future.

Perretta’s company, Bushway Packing, was
closed down in late 2009 shortly after the
Humane Society of the United States released
video footage shot by an agent of the group
working undercover at the plant that showed
employees kicking calves and repeatedly
stunning them with electric prods.

Included in the video were three instances where
Perretta was seen using an electric prod to shock
calves as they struggled to stand up after being
delivered to the slaughterhouse, Humane Society
officials said.

“A viewing of the video indicates that Perretta
shocked the calf approximately six times before
picking it up and shocking it again,” read a
section of an affidavit written by Darin Barber, a
detective for the Attorney General’s Office.
“After the calf is pushed out the door of the
truck and falls again, Perretta shocks it another
three times.”

The video prompted the federal Agriculture
Department to investigate the slaughterhouse
and led to criminal charges being filed against
Perretta and a second employee, Christopher
Gaudette of Grand Isle.

Gaudette, 37, is facing two misdemeanor counts
of animal cruelty and one felony charge of
aggravated cruelty to an animal. He has pleaded
not guilty; the case is pending in Vermont
Superior Court in North Hero.

Prior to its closure, Bushway Packing was the
state’s largest processor of male calves,
handling close to 2,000 animals a week picked
up from farms in the northern half of Vermont
and upstate New York, according to an attorney
for the company.

It has since reopened under different ownership
and with a different name.

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