County authorities in Texas are investigating a cattle farm for animal cruelty based on a graphic video of abuse being circulated by an animal-rights group.

The Castro Country Sheriff's office confirmed Wednesday that it is investigating abuse captured in a hidden-camera video and made public by Chicago-based Mercy For Animals. The video shows a farm employee hitting a cow in the head with a pick ax and standing on the neck of a calf among other instances of cruelty.

The sheriff's office plans to submit its findings to the district attorney for possible prosecution, Chief Deputy Sheriff Tom Taylor said in an interview.

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