Hoke County Butterball Turkey Farm Investigated For Possible Animal Cruelty

SHANNON, N.C. (AP) -- Hoke County deputies spent the day at a farm that raises turkeys for Butterball LLC after an animal rights group said it captured undercover video that shows animal cruelty.

Investigators looked through the two barns and the roughly 2,000 turkeys inside Thursday at the farm in Shannon.

No arrests for cruelty have been made, and deputies say it could be weeks before the investigation is finished.

Deputies came to the farm after Chicago-based Mercy for Animals sent prosecutors three weeks of undercover footage by a member of the group who worked at the farm. The group says the videos show workers throwing, kicking, dragging and beating turkeys.

Butterball issued a statement Thursday saying it has zero tolerance for abusing animals and is working with deputies.

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