Saturday, October 12, 2013

Disturbing Scenes on Barb Thiry's Farm




EDIT 10/13/13:
Remember, these pictures are from 2009 and Thiry no longer lives at this residence. Yes, authorities do have these pictures. They can't charge her on this old stuff, but they have charged her for her current neglect of 5 horses in Clintonville. Those horses are now safe. More info here.
Click that link to find find out who you can write to in this case to ask that Barb Thiry gets the maximum penalty!

Trial update 11/13/13: Barb Thiry relinquishes three mares, ordered to pay for support of two stallions, trial ongoing. Read more at this link.

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In 2009, Barbara J. Thiry was evicted from her farm for nonpayment of taxes. That farm was located on Winding Road in Kewaunee, WI. The man who bought her farm and cleaned it up took pictures to document the presence of the many dead animals he found. Among the ruins of what had clearly been a hoarder's home, he found dead goats, dead dogs, dead cats, and dead horses. None had been buried. Most were in buildings on top of trash, indicating that they died where they had fallen, untreated by any vet. Disturbingly, some of the horses' heads had been removed, wrapped in plastic, and placed in a nearby enclosure. I present to you a few of these pictures for two reasons:

Barb J. Thiry
1) To forever silence those who have tried to defend Barb Thiry. Yes, some people still have sympathy for this woman. They want me to stop publishing blogs about her, and they want to help that "sweet old lady" keep her animals. Perhaps once those people see these pictures, they will finally understand the true extent of the horror Barb Thiry has visited upon animals in her care.

2) To emphasize to the world that Barbara J. Thiry SHOULD NEVER, EVER, BE ALLOWED TO OWN ANIMALS AGAIN. Since it's highly unlikely any court will ever order this, I would like to make her very, very famous, in the hopes that anyone who sees her face or hears her name will instantly think "animal abuser." This is the only way I can think of to try to prevent more animals from falling into her hands.

I do want to emphasize that these pictures are old, the farm no longer belongs to Thiry, and it's unlikely she can be charged with crimes related to the abuse she no doubt inflicted on the animals in these pictures. I present these pictures to you only for the reasons I mentioned above.

Since Thiry was charged with more recent animal abuse, the story of her past abuse, and the finding of these animals' remains, has come to light...


WARNING:
The following pictures are disturbing.



This is one of the horse heads found wrapped in plastic. Other bones are scattered around or stored in buckets.

The man who cleaned up Thiry's farm says this picture contains a dead dog and dead cat. There is also an unidentified white animal in the cage in the upper left.

A horse's spine was trampled into manure several feet deep. The spine had no skull attached. The farm's new owner says there was also a dead dog nearby.

Three shacks contained the skeletons of goats.



28 comments:

  1. Words can not express the horror and shock I am feeling right now. Is it possible to get these pictures to the D.A.? What about the media? Can you send a link to them so they can see the pictures?


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    1. The authorities DO have these pictures, thanks to the current landowner Geoff, who took them while cleaning up the place in 2009. The DA won't be able to use these to charge her with anything else, since the crime is long past and there's no actual proof that dead animals = neglect. However, we're hoping these pics will force the judge to give her the maximum penalty! Barb Thiry is currently facing 15 counts of animal mistreatment for her neglect of the 5 Clintonville horses. More info here: http://mytevisjourney.blogspot.com/2013/10/barb-thiry-charged-more-news.html

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    1. Hell No. I say chain her by the neck to a tree outdoors, and let her live there and only feed her moldy food once a week and put feces in her water bowl.

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  3. So so terrible...

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  4. so horrible and sad. im an animal lover and hate people that do this to animals

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  5. These should be in the hands of the current DA on her case. They probably can't be entered into evidence for this case, but they may be able to be used to prove a pattern of behavior. -Beth Cook

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    1. The authorities DO have these pictures :)

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  6. This women is a hoarder and mentally ill. She should never be able to have any animals again. I think that by posting these pictures and letting people see what she is all about is important and the people who support her are no better than she is. The people who live in Waupaca Co. need to fight for animals who are abused and neglected.

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    1. As a mental health professional I know that past behaviors are the greatest predictors of future behaviors. Calling in a mental health professional and these pictures is feasible option and ethical.

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    2. The mental health professional who replied to Darla Ritchie has made the only useful and ethical comment here. Certainly Barb should never again own animals. But it is because she is unable to care for them financially or any other way except, in her mind, to "love" them. It should also be pointed out that some of her animals were sold to her in such condition that they should have been euthanized; she no doubt felt she was rescuing them from despicable owner/sellers.

      I have known Barb for 47 years, tho most of that has been from out of state. She has so obviously degenerated over many years from both lack, and acceptance, of the mental health treatment she needs. Jail is a useless answer -- as it is for so many other mentally or developmentally disabled people who are incarcerated. [Having worked with an agency that provides services for people so diagnosed, it appalls me that mentally, developmentally, and neurologically impaired patients become housed with intentional criminals.]

      As a loving and responsible pet owner, I agree this is a deplorable situation for those animals. However, it is unreasonable and cruel to say that all animals should be kept alive no matter the cost and pain caused to them. I am comforted in the loss of each of my pets with this quote:
      "Choosing to end a pet's suffering is a final act of love and nothing less. Knowing that your decisions are guided by that love is what helps us all thru the sad and lonely time of losing a cherished animal companion."

      I am hopeful, tho not very confident, that the officials of my home state will not embarrass me further and treat ALL the victims in this situation with humanity and common sense.

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  7. I was in this house after Barb Thiry was evicted, honestly I don't know why she was never charged in Kewaunee for all the torture she caused these animals. and to think she continues wherever she goes. She deserves to be locked up after all she has done.

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    1. she was never charged in Kewaunee County as the DA most likely thought it was too much work to charger her. Not the first case of animal neglect/cruelty that was brought before him. I am sure it won't be the last. And always the same result.....

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  8. Just have a question trying to get the information straight. After looking in the county tax records, the only property she ever owned in that county was only .91 acre, so that couldn't be a farm? Also, it looks like there was no house on the property. It was bare land when she bought it and later there was a structure worth only about 40K, so it may have been a barn or something? Only asking because wonder if those photos are her actual previous property with that big house in the one photo. Don't know this woman at all, just like to know the facts.

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    1. You really don't know what you are talking about. We own a 80 acre farm where we have raised Angus beef for 48 years. We pay taxes like everyone else. Even if there is no house on the property it is still considered a farm, if you raise or keep animals. This woman has lived in many different places but has been evicted from most of them because she didn't pay her rent or take care of her animals.

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    2. It's a totally reasonable question :) I'm not sure which tax records you're looking at, but here's the official court records showing the order for her eviction from the farm on E4531 Winding Road, Kewaunee, WI 54216.

      http://wcca.wicourts.gov/caseDetails.do;jsessionid=05B9DF17E9C957F279E292854B5EA174.render6?caseNo=2009SC000155&countyNo=31&cacheId=949553D1ACEB37969A9FA099DFF1152C&recordCount=24&offset=8

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  9. Unfortunately she now owns skinny horses in Clintonville and an area vet states she is offering basic care. An out of the area vet gave her guidelines to follow to bring the weight up on horses. I still feel they should be removed and she should never be able to own animals again.

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    1. Good news! Barb Thiry was finally charged with 15 counts of animal mistreatment, and the horses are out of her hands! Read more here: http://mytevisjourney.blogspot.com/2013/10/barb-thiry-charged-more-news.html

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  10. Barbara Thriy should never own any animal and the horses she has should be taken away from her. This abuse of animals should not go on. I am shocked that this happening in Clintonville and nothing is being done to stop Barbara Thrity. In my state they are very strict about animal abuse. In Pa. I witnessed thirty horse's removed from a nearby riding stable because of animal abuse. Some of the horse's were so undernourished that they had to be put down. But many were saved. This all happened because a concerned citizen who visited the stables(in the winter)couldn't stand by and let this happen. Clintonville's local government is just as much to blame, of animal abuse, by letting this women own animal's she clearly cares nothing about.

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    1. I totally agree that Wisconsin officials are so often far, far too slow to do anything about animal neglect. However, I'm glad to report that Barb Thiry was FINALLY charged with 15 counts of animal mistreatment. Read more on my blog post here: http://mytevisjourney.blogspot.com/2013/10/barb-thiry-charged-more-news.html

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  11. Holly Shit! I followed many cases of animal cruelty but this is just insane!

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    1. This just makes me want to Vomit!

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  12. Mad as hell, horrified and saddened......

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  13. She still was able to keep her dog!! Can U believe that? OMG!

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  14. Couldn't sleep last night because of this - & it's only a mistameaner!

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  15. Wow what a nasty disgusting mess of a place. I am so glad to hear the animals are out of her "care"...horrendous living situations. Way to go North Horse!

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