UPDATE: Trial Date Set for Waupaca Co. Woman Charged with Horse Neglect

By: WSAW Staff Email
By: WSAW Staff Email

UPDATE: Thurs 12:39 PM, Jan. 9, 2014

A jury trial is scheduled to begin in April for a 71-year-old woman charged with not providing proper care for five horses.

Barbara Thiry, of Clintonville, is charged with 15 misdemeanor counts of neglect and mistreating related to care of her five horses, BiBi, Lady, Rebecca, Ruby and 2 Socks. The horses were 2 ½ to 26 years old, according to the criminal complaint.

Thiry has pleaded not guilty.

Court documents say Thiry's horses were malnourished, had poor dental care, and were not provide proper shelter, and adequate food and water.

Thiry is no longer caring for the horses.

The three day trial is expected to begin April 9.

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UPDATE: Wed 3:16 PM, Nov. 6, 2013

A Clintonville woman charged with 15 misdemeanors counts of neglect and mistreatment of animals said she's not guilty.

Barbara Thiry, 71, is accused of not providing property food and shelter for her five horses, BiBi, Lady, Rebecca, Ruby and 2 Socks.

Thiry entered the plea Tuesday in Waupaca County Circuit Court.

Her next court date has been scheduled for November 13.

Thiry is no longer caring for the horses.

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UPDATE: Thurs 11:28 AM, Oct. 10, 2013

A 71-year-old Clintonville woman is now facing criminal charges after she's used of not providing proper care for five horses.

Barbara Thiry, is expected to be charged with 15 misdemeanor counts of neglect and mistreating related to care of her five horses, BiBi, Lady, Rebecca, Ruby and 2 Socks. The horses are 2 ½ to 26 years old, according to the criminal complaint.

Court documents say Thiry's horses were malnourished, had poor dental care, and were not provide proper shelter, and adequate food and water.

In September, investigators interviewed a person who had bought Thiry's farm in Kewaunee County. According to court documents, the man said he found four horse heads inside the house, another horse head behind the barn, and full horse carcasses inside the barn as he has been cleaning out the manure; which he described as being 4 ½ feet deep. The man said the house had to be razed because of its condition.

The Kewaunee Co. Sheriff tells NewsChannel 7, there is no way to determine how those horses died. Sheriff Matthew Joski said while Thiry lived in Kewaunee Co. they did receive complaints. He said some were valid, other complaints were not. He said he believed the complaints began in 2006 and Thiry moved in mid-2010.

Thiry is expected in court October 15.
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ORIGINAL STORY: Wed 11:49 AM, Sept. 11, 2013

The Waupaca County Sheriff's Department said they'll continue to monitor a Clintonville horse owner after complaints from the public that the animals were not receiving proper care.

The department sent out a press release Wednesday stating their investigation into the owner began in January.

During two visits by deputies in January, it was determined the horses did not show signs of neglect and did have access to shelter, water and hay.

In July, the owner was ordered to have the horses examined by a second veterinarian. That veterinarian determined the horses met a reasonable standard of care.

On September 1, a deputy determined the horses appeared malnourished. A veterinarian made recommendations, which the owner agreed to follow. The veterinarian said the horses would be OK if those guidelines were followed.

Sheriff’s deputies say they will continue to monitor the situation.


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