Attorney asks for dismissal in horse neglect case

The attorney for an Oak Harbor woman accused of neglecting 37 horses on her Oak Harbor farm is asking an Ottawa County judge to supress all of the evidence seized from her farm.

Mark Davis, attorney for Robin Vess, claims in a affidavit filed with the Ottawa County Common Pleas Court that the horses and other evidence seized by the Ottawa County Humane Society were seized illegally. Vess, 54, is charged with 46 counts of animal abuse. She pleaded not guilty and a pre-trial hearing is scheduled for March 5.

In the affidavit, Davis claims that Ottawa County Humane Officer, Nancy Silva and a Benton-Carroll Township police officer entered Vess' property without a warrant and seized the horses. They were not given permission to be on the property nor were they given permission to take the horses. The affidavit also indicates that at least three "no trespassing" signs were in plain view.

Vess also renewed her claim that she reached out to the Ottawa County Human Society, asking for help as she was financially unable to care for the horses. She contends the Ottawa County Humane Society did not respond to her calls for assistance.