Two suspects in custody after posting video of abusing calf

Kyle Abrigo and Nathan Cambliss

Kyle Abrigo and Nathan Cambliss

COTTONWOOD-- Two Cottonwood men were arrested after posting a video of them abusing a calf, according to the Yavapai County Sherriff›s Office.

Kyle Abrigo, 23, and Nathan Cambliss, 19, were booked Tuesday morning at the Yavapai County Jail on animal cruelty charges, according to YCSO.

According to a YCSO news release, the video shows Abrigo shaking the calf and grabbing its ears. He is also shown kicking the calf with one kick being a “downward stomp toward the calf’s head.”

“Abrigo pulled out a black handgun, placed it next to the calf’s head and discharged a round into the ground near the calf,” the release stated.

A City of Cottonwood public works technician employee for almost a year, Abrigo soon will be out of a job because of the incident, confirmed Cottonwood City Manager Doug Bartosh.

“Since Mr. Abrigo was identified as a city employee, we have been attempting to contact him to advise him of our intent to terminate his employment. We have not been able to contact him and he has not shown for work so we will be terminating him today as he has effectively abandoned his job,” Bartosh stated in an email to The Verde Independent.

According to YCSO, Chambliss was seen swinging at the calf and slamming it on the ground.

“He held the calf in a ‘choke hold,’ pulled a firearm from his hip and pointed the firearm near the calf’s face discharging a round,” the release stated. “Both suspects appeared to be laughing throughout the incident.”

According to YCSO, the two men took turns videotaping each other during the abuse. The video was shared on multiple social media sites.

A family member of Abrigo summoned officers to their house and he was subsequently arrested, according to YCSO. Abrigo admitted to participating in the abuse on video to officers.

Chambliss was later located in Cottonwood, according to YCSO.

According to YCSO, both men admitted to drinking during the incident. Both have $1,000 bonds pending release.


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tbabbitt 7 months, 3 weeks ago

Here is how my brother describes the treatment of calves at a ranch, "I 'flanked' calves for Babbitt Ranches during the branding season. It consisted of following behind whatever heifer the cowboy roped and performing a kind of Judo flip that kept it still while the others castrated, branded, de-horned, and inoculated it. My right boot was stained green from the panic-produced manure and my left boot was stained red from the castration blood."