Newton County Prosecuting Attorney Scott Watson filed misdemeanor animal abuse charges this morning against Moark, its regional manager Dan Hudgens, and two others, according to court records.
The charges are in connection with a July 8 incident in which Moark chickens were seen being dropped into a dumpster alive. The charges were filed after the prosecutor received a videotape of the incident taken by Rick Bussey of Neosho.
Charged were Moark as a corporate entity, Hudgens, 49, Joplin; William R. Sharp, 46, Salina, Okla., and Robert Beck, 47, Southwest City.
Arraignment is scheduled for 8:30 a.m. Aug. 22 in Newton County Circuit Court.
The news of the charges against Moark and Hudgens was broken this morning by Neosho Forums at www.neoshoforums.com .