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Horse owners daughter also charged for neglect

Several seized horses were being kept at the stables at the Essex County Fairgrounds. The stalls were blocked off by police tape on Monday, Sept. 23.

Several seized horses were being kept at the stables at the Essex County Fairgrounds. The stalls were blocked off by police tape on Monday, Sept. 23. Photo by Katherine Clark.

— A second person has been charged in the case of alleged cruelty to over 40 horses in the town of Essex.

Shelley Wing, 49, who was originally charged with animal cruelty for failing to provide sustenance to 41 horses that lived on their 20 acre farm, has been joined in the legal case by her daughter, Emily Wing, 20.

The first hearing took place Oct. 7 without either party in attendance. Judge Stephen Sayward, Jr., said a request for both Shelley and Emily was granted that they could refrain from attending the proceedings.

Public Defender William Tansey is representing Shelley. The town justice appointed attorney Reginald Bedell to represent Emily in a separate case.

The mother and daughter were each charged with 41 counts of failing to provide sustenance to 41 horses that were kept at their On A Wing and A Prayer Farm in Essex. The 41 horses were seized on Sept. 18 and 19. Many were brought to the Essex County Fairgrounds in Westport while other horses are being cared for at private farms.

Shelley was arraigned Sept. 23. Sayward said police attempted to serve Emily on Sept. 26, but were unsuccessful. She was served and arraigned Sept. 27.

To keep the horses, the Wings must present a bond for a portion of the horses care while the investigation continues. Sayward said if a bond of $43,890 hasn’t been issued by 6 p.m. on Oct. 7 he will approve for ownership to be transferred to the county.

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