Michigan Woman Charged With Animal Cruelty After Ex-Racehorses Found ‘Emaciated’

by | 10.09.2019 | 8:22pm

Officials in Michigan have charged Jenny Barbeau, 44, of Freeland, Mich., with two animal cruelty counts related to 12 emaciated horses they say were found on Barbeau's property.

The horses, which local ABC 12 reported were ex-racehorses, were found in such poor shape that one of them had to be euthanized. Barbeau was charged with one count of animal abandonment or cruelty and one count of animal cruelty leading to an animal's death.

According to Saginaw County Animal Control, officials tried to speak with Barbeau months ago but when they made contact, she apparently had moved the animals to different facilities. Barbeau claimed some of the horses were at the center of a business dispute, but no criminal charges have been filed as a result.

The euthanized horse was identified as 5-year-old Zulu Magic daughter Poof Its Magic, who had been bred by Barbeau. The mare won the Regret and Ann Arbor Stakes at Hazel Park in 2017 and hit the board in two editions of the Michigan Sire Stakes.

Read more at ABC 12

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