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Ohio woman charged with animal cruelty after dozens of malnourished horses were found at farm

The owner of dozens of malnourished horses that were removed from a northern Ohio farm is facing animal cruelty charges.

Robin Vess of Oak Harbor was charged Monday with 42 counts of cruelty to animals. If convicted, she faces up to 90 days in jail and a maximum $700 fine.

Authorities over the weekend discovered 38 malnourished horses.

One of the Arabian horses was already dead by the time authorities got to the farm, and six had to be euthanized.

The rest are now receiving care at the Sandusky County fairgrounds.

Humane officials say they had warned the horse owner about the animals' care.

There is no listing for Vess in Oak Harbor. A phone number for her in Toledo has been disconnected.

-- Associated Press

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