Ohio Dairy Farm Worker Sentenced for Sadistic Abuse

Earlier this year Mercy for Animals (MFA) released a chilling undercover video of a worker abusing dairy cows and calves at Conklin Dairy Farms Inc., in Ohio.

The footage is haunting and caught Billy Joe Gregg, Jr., 25, punching and stomping on calves, stabbing cows with pitchforks, twisting their tails until their bones broke and kicking downed cows who couldn’t stand and then bragging about it.

“This is probably the most gratuitous, sustained, sadistic animal abuse I have ever seen. The video depicts calculated, deliberate cruelty, based not on momentary rage but on taking pleasure through causing pain to cows and calves who are defenseless. In my opinion, the individuals shown are twisted and dangerous,” said Bernard E. Rollin, PhD, a distinguished professor of animal science at Colorado State University.

Gregg was arrested and charged with six misdemeanor counts of cruelty to animals. An additional six counts were dropped, since under state law no jail time would be served if Gregg were found guilty.

On Friday, he plead guilty and was sentenced in Marysville Municipal Court to eight months in jail, which was reduced to four months because of time already served. Gregg must also pay a $1,000 fine and have no contact with animals for three years.

He will also be required to undergo counseling through a program that specializes in animal abuse.

“Gregg’s punishment is a slap on the wrist compared to the unimaginable suffering endured by the animals who were victims of his malicious abuse,” says MFA’s Executive Director, Nathan Runkle.

“It’s an outrage that in Ohio it’s a mere misdemeanor to sadistically punch, beat and stab farmed animals, break their bones and otherwise torture them. This case should serve as a wake-up call to all compassionate citizens that Ohio must do more to strengthen its animal cruelty laws.”

Gary Conklin issued a statement after the investigation aired saying that, “The video shows animal care that is clearly inconsistent with the high standards we set for our farm and its workers, and we find the specific mistreatment shown on the video to be reprehensible and unacceptable. We will not condone animal abuse on our farm.”

Which is strange, since Conklin was reportedly also caught on video kicking a downed cow.

It’s not just about setting an example of our society holding cruelty to be a horrendous inhumane crime. Studies show over and over again that these personality traits are not changed by a few months of counseling. What Gregg did exemplified a deep malicious predisposition toward life that may, in the future, be aimed at children, women, or anyone, really. 

The behaviors were a red flag, an alert. Not only should Gregg be prohibited from being around animals for three years, he should be forbidden from ever coming into contact with animals in his lifetime. Whatever jail sentence is or is not imposed, he will need continuous monitoring and counseling the rest of his life. However, in less than 120 days, this outstanding citizen will be back out on the street. 

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william n.
will n4 years ago

This piece of shit should NEVER be allowed to work with , or have any animals ever . Hopefully in his case what goes around comes around .

Lisa D.
Lisa D4 years ago

Sad sad sad!

Christine S.
Christine S7 years ago

There are many people who unfortunately try to dissuade our anger over animal abuse, by claiming we care more about animals than people- well let them know that NO ONE'S life has ever been made better by allowing an animal to be mistreated, and that those who abuse animals probably abuse their kids, spouses, etc. Animal abuse is so abhorrent because the victims cannot get help for themselves on their own. Make the abuser get mental help or anger management- causing pain to an animal does not improve the world one iota.

barbara b.

Couldn't watch the video. Why do these sadistic idiots get away
with the horrible mistreatment of these poor animals? No animal
should suffer, they are living creatures that feel pain and should
be protected from any abuse!!!!!!!!

Sue T.
Susan T7 years ago

OMG....I watched like 20 seconds and I am sick. mY BF & Ijust got into a disagreement and he told me I care more about animals than people...well he is right because I was talking about people likethis!
This man is beyond cruel.
No creature desereves to be treated in this manner.
i feel sick about this.

Maria M.
Maria M7 years ago

I can't watch the video.. if I do I'll end up going out and looking for this bastard. I live in OH and the laws for animals suck, plain and simple. If I ever see this guy, I'll put a pitchfork through his groin.. drag him into the woods and let the coyotes have their way

TONYA M7 years ago

I tried to watch the video but it was too horrible. How can this be a misdemeanor?

Pat D.
Tommy D7 years ago

Sorry for the muliple comments but computer acting up!!

Pat D.
Tommy D7 years ago

I saw this and makes me sick and I wonder when any body with a heart can line up and do the same thing to this obviously mentally challenged piece of sh*t half human individual, and that goes for the owner too, he is not innocent by any standard!!!

Pat D.
Tommy D7 years ago

I saw this and makes me sick and I wonder when any body with a heart can line up and do the same thing to this obviously mentally challenged piece of sh*t half human individual, and that goes for the owner too, he is not innocent by any standard!!!