Horse owner on trial in animal cruelty case

PORT CLINTON, Ohio (AP) - Jury selection has started for the trial of an Ohio woman accused of several animal cruelty counts after authorities said dozens of emaciated Arabian horses were taken from her farm.

Fifty-five-year-old Robin Vess has pleaded not guilty to the misdemeanors in Ottawa County Municipal Court, where jury selection started Tuesday.

The Arabian Rescue Mission of New Jersey has placed the horses in foster care in Ohio with the approval of the Humane Society of Ottawa County.

The horses were taken by the society in January from Vess' farm near Oak Harbor, about 25 miles southeast of Toledo. Vess' attorney has said she was depressed and lacked resources to care for the animals.

Each count carries a maximum penalty of 90 days in jail and a $750 fine.

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