Two horses freed after being kept inside Canton gaming parlor

CANTON, Ohio-- Two horses were rescued from a closed gaming parlor in Canton Wednesday evening.

John W. Yant, 42, of Canton, was cited with two counts of cruelty to animals.

He kept the animals inside Skills Games on Tuscarawas Street West for a few hours, the Stark County Humane Society said. The two Tennessee walking horses did not have food or water.

According to the police report, officers made multiple attempts to contact Yant, but he was unable to answer because he was intoxicated.

Yant tells Fox 8 that he never neglected the horses. He said he had been drinking alcohol at a nearby bar and did not want to drive the horses back to his farm while intoxicated.

Yant says his family owns the strip mall where the store front is located and says he left a bucket of water for his horses.

The horses were evaluated by a veterinarian and remain in the custody of the humane society.