July 24, 2014

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Owner of horses pleads guilty to animal cruelty

WADSWORTH — A Guilford Township woman pleaded guilty Wednesday to neglecting more than two dozen horses and donkeys.

Tori Wilfred, 43, of 3835 Blake Road, was charged with two counts of animal cruelty, which are second-degree misdemeanors punishable by up to three months in jail on each count.

Wadsworth Municipal Court Judge Stephen B. McIlvaine will sentence Wilfred on May 29.

Wilfred was charged after the Medina County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals executed a search warrant April 11 at her home, a 6.8-acre property.

Wilfred had about 30 horses there. Animal welfare groups recommend properties should have between one and two acres per horse.

The search also discovered several cats with feline leukemia. All but one were euthanized, according to SPCA Executive Director Stephanie Moore.

Moore said the horses are recovering.

“They’re gaining weight and eating well,” she said. “They’re doing better.”

She said one of the horses had a fractured jaw and one was blind. Others had lice, internal parasites or blood problems.

“It’s all a result of neglect,” Moore said. “Everything we’re dealing with can be fixed and avoided.”

She said when the animals are healthy, some will go to the breeders who sold them to Wilfred. Others will go up for adoption.

Moore said she’s glad Wilfred owned up to her mistakes.

“We’re really pleased she pleaded guilty,” she said. “This was the right thing for her to do.”

To reach the SPCA, call (330) 723-7722.

Contact reporter Nick Glunt at (330) 721-4048 or nglunt@medina-gazette.com.