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Fundraiser Set for Hebron Horses This Saturday, March 24

Posted: Mar 22, 2018 6:42 PM Updated:
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SALISBURY, Md.- As rescue and recovery efforts continue for the surviving horses at a Hebron farm where at least 25 others were found dead last week, so does the outpouring of support from the community.

A local equestrian center in Salisbury, Pemberton Equestrian Center is hosting a "Save The Horses" fundraiser this Saturday, March 24. 

Shelly Benner is the owner of Pemberton Equestrian Center. 

Benner loves animals and says as soon as she heard about the horrific conditions of the Hebron farm horses, she wanted to help. 

"I thought if we could get a group of trainers and their students together and do a fundraiser and have a pony rides, a petting zoo, face painting, bake sale maybe a 50/50 raffle that would be a great way to generate some money to distribute to these, rescue teams," said Benner. 

Shelly says she was very sad when she found out about the horrific conditions of the horses at the Pilchard farm. 

"I just can't imagine a horse being out and not fed, in the horrible weather conditions in the rain in the snow," Benner said. 

Shelly is relieved the horses are being rescued, but says caring for so many horses isn't an easy task financially, which is why she wants to help. 

On Thursday investigators were searching the Hebron farm, trying to figure out what led to the horses' deaths. Acting Wicomico County State's Attorney Jamie Dykes said her office is also gathering evidence to see if any charges should be filed against Barbara Pilchard, who is the owner of that farm. 

"A search warrant has been served for potential evidence," she said. "Charges will be determined after a through investigation. There are health assessments that need to be gotten on the live horses, and neocropsys that we are awaiting reports on from some dead horses."

So far 67 horses have been rescued from the Pilchard farm. The remaining 32 horses were set to be rescued Friday. 


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