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Horse neglect trial up to the jury


WAUPACA, Wis. (WSAU) --  The trial for a woman accused of mistreating and failing to care for horses has gone to the jury. 

The jury now has the case against 72-year-old Barbara Thiry of Clintonville. She was charged with 15 misdemeanors related to five horses that died on her property. Court documents claim they were not properly fed, watered, or sheltered. Investigators also say parts of the five horses were found inside the house and other parts were found in deep manure inside the barn. The house had to be torn down because of the structure’s poor condition.

The court dismissed references to improper shelter, and fully dismissed two of the original charges, and wrapped up testimony early yesterday afternoon. Thiry chose not to testify on her own behalf. After two hours of closing arguments, the jury began deliberations just after 4:30 p.m. The jury did ask to see several exhibits, but did not return a verdict before being recessed for the evening.

The jury will continue their deliberations this morning.