The Clintonville woman whose five malnourished horses triggered complaints from neighbors and a county investigation now faces criminal charges.
Barbara Thiry, 71, was charged with 15 misdemeanor counts of intentionally mistreating animals, failing to provide food, and failing to provide shelter.
She faces up to nine months in jail and a $10,000 fine on each count.
Thiry is scheduled for an initial court appearance on Tuesday, Oct. 15.
“The horse are safe and are being kept at ranch at an undisclosed location at this time to protect the horses,” according to Detective Sgt. Robert Karski with the Waupaca County Sheriff’s Office.
Karski said the person who is now caring for Thiry’s horses also owns horses and has worked other law enforcement agencies on similar cases in the surrounding counties.
Since taking over the case in early September, Karski inspected the horses almost daily, brought in an independent veterinarian to examine them, conducted numerous interviews and discovered shocking details about what was found on a farm that Thiry used to own in Kewaunee County.
The full story will appear in the Oct. 17 County Post.