June 26, 2016

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Woman gets 5 years probation for animal cruelty

WADSWORTH — A Guilford Township woman who pleaded guilty to neglecting more than two dozen horses and donkeys was fined $250 and placed on five years probation Wednesday.

Wadsworth Municipal Judge Stephen B. McIlvaine also barred Tori Wilfred “from owning, keeping or living on premises with any equines.”

McIlvaine suspended two 30-day jail sentences.

Wilfred, 43, of 3835 Blake Road, was charged after the Medina County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals executed a search warrant April 11 at her 6.8-acre property.

Animal welfare groups recommend properties should have between one and two acres per horse.

Medina SPCA Executive Director Stephanie Moore said one of the horses had a fractured jaw and one was blind. Others had lice, internal parasites or blood problems.

Moore said the horses and donkeys will be sold or put up for adoption. She said many of the horses already have been placed in approved homes.

The search also found several cats with feline leukemia, all but one of which were euthanized, Moore said.

Wilfred pleaded guilty May 1 to two counts of animal cruelty, a second-degree misdemeanor punishable by up to three months in jail and a $750 fine on each count.

She originally was charged with 11 counts of animal cruelty, but prosecutors dropped nine of the counts in exchange for her guilty plea.

“We’re comfortable with that, that’s what we had asked for,” Moore said. “We asked her to plead guilty to two counts and we’d drop the other counts.”

Wilfred was permitted to keep her remaining animals while on probation. Moore said she has about 14 dogs, four goats, two pot-bellied pigs and a cat.

Wilfred must have all of them examined by a veterinarian within 30 days and provide the veterinary records to the SPCA.

She also must provide information regarding the health and care of the animals and consent to random, unannounced inspections of her property to ensure compliance, according to the sentencing report.

Wilfred also will be required to pay a probation fee of $15 per month.

“We had been working with her since 2009, and we’re trying to work with her to reduce her herd and get the fencing she needed,” Moore said. “I really do think in the beginning she had the right intentions. She just wasn’t equipped.”

Contact reporter Dan Pompili at (330) 721-4012 or dpompili@medina-gazette.com.