TWIN FALLS -- A former employee at a south-central Idaho dairy has been sentenced to 180 days in jail and two years of probation after an undercover video shot by an animal rights group showed workers stomping, dragging and beating cows inside a milking barn.

The Times-News reports that 40-year-old Javier Victor Rojas-Loayza received the sentence Wednesday in 5th District Court.

Judge Calvin Campbell suspended 170 days and gave one day credit. He ordered the remaining nine days be spent on a sheriff's work detail.

Rojas-Loayza must also pay $475 in fines and fees, and is banned from herding or supervising animals during his probation.

Rojas-Loayza pleaded guilty in May to misdemeanor animal abuse following events recorded in the video at Bettencourt Dairies' Dry Creek Dairy in Hansen.

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