Charges Filed in Emaciated Horse Case

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One of five emaciated horses rescued from a Montville property. (Photo Credit: Geauga County Humane Society)

RUSSELL TWP., Ohio — A woman and her daughter face several charges after five emaciated horses were rescued from their property last month.

Kelly Barclay and her daughter Jessica Barclay both face six charges each of cruelty to animals in Chardon Municipal Court.

The charges were filed earlier this week, and their arraignments have been set for May 20.

According to the Geauga Humane Society’s Rescue Village, complaints started pouring in at the end of February about the horses’ deteriorating state.

When agents responded, the two suspects were unwilling to hand over their animals, said Christian Courtwright with Rescue Village.

Finally, the horses were seized on March 2.

Under veterinary care, they were treated for “visible injuries” and severe neglect.

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