WAUPACA COUNTY - A Waupaca County horse owner who has been the subject of several citizen complaints has agreed to follow a veterinarian’s advice on changes to the feeding and care of the horses.
Sheriff’s officials say they have been receiving complaints about the horses on the property of Barbara Thiry on Hwy. 45 in Clintonville since January.
The first time deputies were sent out, in January, they determined that the horses did not show signs of being neglected and did have access to shelter, water and hay, in spite of the complaints.
The second time deputies were sent out, also in January, they spoke with Thiry about her feeding regimen. Deputies contacted her veterinarian, who agreed that the feeding practices were appropriate. The veterinarian also said one of the horses had heaves.
Another complaint was filed in July. This time, county officials ordered Thiry to provide enough food and water and have the horses checked out by a second veterinarian. That veterinarian determined the horses met a reasonable standard of care.
Then, on Sept. 1, a complaint was filed again with the sheriff’s office. This time, a deputy on the scene determined that the horses looked to be malnourished. A veterinarian from Portage County was called in to look at the horses. County officials then gave Thiry a series of orders for caring for the horses, including keeping some of the animals apart and providing them access to enough food, water and shelter. That veterinarian returned for a follow-up visit on Tuesday and gave Thiry some guidelines for caring for the horses. 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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