Charges have been filed against a mother and daughter in a Geauga County horse abuse case

MONTVILLE, Ohio - Charges have been filed against two Geauga County women accused of severely neglecting five horses in Montville Township.

The 49-year-old mother, Kelly Barclay of Middlefield Township and her 20-year-old daughter Jessica Barclay of Troy Township, are each charged with six counts of cruelty to animals. Each count is a misdemeanor punishable by up to 90 days in jail and/or a $750 fine.

The Geauga Human Society and Rescue Village seized the five emaciated horses in March and placed them into protective custody after an anonymous caller tipped them off about a group of horses that appeared to be suffering from starvation at a boarding horse farm.

Geauga Humane Officer Christian Courtwright said the boarding horse farm had attempted to help the horses' owner, but she left Ohio, leaving her grown daughter in charge of feeding them daily. Courtwright said the daughter rarely showed up.

"All the animals were rescued. They were originally seized and the owner signed them over to us," Courtwright said.

All five horses, named Beetle, Charles, Cowboy, Echo and Rockette are now safe and being supervised by the Rescue Village Humane Law Department.

According to the Chardon Municipal court, charges were officially filed on April 10 and both women are scheduled to be arraigned May 20.

The horses will take months, if not a year, to fully recover enough for Rescue Village to be able to put them up for adoption, according to Courtwright. Two of them are 20 years old or more and the others are much younger, but they are hoping they can find them all a home next fall as pasture-mates or pleasure-ridden horses.

Donations can be made to Project S.A.V.E. by visiting w ww.geaugahumane.org

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