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Protesters greet jurors in horse abuse case

CWelch • Apr 27, 2010 at 11:06 AM


Potential jurors entering Ottawa County Municipal Court this morning were greeted by a small group of protesters who held signs reading "(Humane Society of Ottawa County) Shame On You."

Today marks the first day of trial in the animal abuse case against Oak Harbor resident Robin Vess, 55, who is accused of starving her Arabian horses.

After the Humane Society seized the horses from Vess' property in January , a bitter dispute erupted between the local humane group and the Arabian Rescue Mission about the seizure procedures and the animals' ongoing care.

The Arabian Rescue Mission has custody of the horses, having obtained ownership from Robin Vess, but under a civil agreement the group must make the animals accessible to prosecutors and humane officials as evidence in the case against Vess.

Read about the first day of the jury trial in Wednesday's Register.

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