Police have added several additional criminal charges in the wake of a public cow slaughter in Bloomfield on July 13.
Officers charged Bilal Musid, of Saba Live Poultry, with two counts of animal cruelty, and one count of cruelty to poultry.
These new charges stemmed from an inspection of the halal butcher shop, where inspectors found health violations.
Inspections took place after a cow from the store got loose, and an employee chased it down and slit its throat in a public area.
Musid’s attorney said his client denies the allegations and looks forward to his day in court.
Musid and co-worker Badr Musaed are scheduled to appear before a judge later this month.
The store has remained closed while its owners complete repairs needed to correct violations inspectors discovered.