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Frank Perretta Released On Bail In Cruelty To Animals Case

CONTACT: David Tartter, Assistant Attorney General, (802) 828-5512

August 9, 2010

Attorney General William H. Sorrell announced today that Frank Perretta, age 51, was released on bail after turning himself in to authorities at the Grand Isle Courthouse in North Hero, Vermont. He had been arrested last week in St. Lawrence County, New York, on an extradition warrant seeking his return to the State of Vermont to face a charge of animal cruelty. He subsequently filed a writ of habeas corpus challenging the warrant in New York, and was released Friday on $2,000 bail.

Mr. Perretta was released today on $10,000 bail on the misdemeanor charge in Vermont. His arraignment on the charge has been scheduled for 1:00 p.m. on Thursday, August 12.

According to papers filed in court, the charge stems from the alleged excessive shocking of calves being processed at the Bushway Packing plant. Following a complaint by the Humane Society of the United States, which had employed an undercover operative to film conditions at the plant, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Office of Inspector General, and Food Safety Inspection Service, conducted an investigation, which resulted in the filing of criminal charges.

The misdemeanor charge carries a possible sentence of not more than one year imprisonment and not more than $2,000 in fines.

The Bushway Packing plant is no longer in operation.

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