MARYSVILLE, Ohio (AP) -- The owner of a central Ohio farm won't face charges in connection with a video showing cows being beaten and poked with pitchforks.

A Union County grand jury decided against indicting Gary Conklin of Plain City after investigators and veterinarians studied the unedited video and concluded Conklin acted appropriately.

An animal welfare group secretly recorded the video that it said showed cattle being abused.

County Prosecutor David Phillips said Tuesday that the YouTube video created a false perception that Conklin was involved in abuse.

The farm fired an employee who has since pleaded not guilty to 12 counts of animal cruelty.

The group Mercy for Animals says the grand jury has failed concerned citizens and animals that deserve protection.

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