A worker at a closed Vermont slaughterhouse will be sentenced to 30 days on a state work crew after pleading guilty to animal cruelty.
Thirty-seven-year-old Christopher Gaudette, an employee of the now-closed Bushway Packing, Inc., in Grand Isle, pleaded guilty to the felony charge on Thursday.
Gaudette was accused of excessively shocking a downed calf, throwing a calf and pouring water on one and then shocking it.
As part of the plea deal, Gaudette will receive a suspended sentence of one to three years, with 30 days to serve on a state work crew.
The co-owner of Bushway, Frank Perretta, was fined $2,000 after pleading no contest to a misdemeanor animal cruelty charge in October.
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