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Hebron Horse Farm Owner Indicted for Animal Cruelty

Posted: Jun 08, 2018 10:14 AM Updated:
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HEBRON, Md.- The owner of a farm in Hebron, where dozens of dead horses and numerous other horses living in deplorable conditions were found earlier this year, has been indicted on animal cruelty and related charges. 

The Office of the State's Attorney for Wicomico County announced Friday that on May 21, the Grand Jury for Wicomico County indicted Barbara Pilchard, 74, with 16 felony counts of aggravated animal cruelty and 48 misdemeanor counts
of animal abuse and neglect.

Pilchard's indictment was issued as a criminal summons. She  had her first appearance in the Circuit Court for Wicomico County.

The charges arise from an investigation conducted by both the Wicomico County Sheriff’s Office and Wicomico County Animal Control into allegations of animal abuse and neglect received on March 16. Ultimately, 98 live horses were discovered on the Pilchard’s Cherry Walk Road farm in unlivable conditions.

Based on the allegations, evidence was collected and the surviving horses were seized. The horses have now been
surrendered, and are in care and custody of rescue organizations. 

According to the State's Attorney's Office, the state requested and the court ordered as pretrial conditions that Pilchard have no animals, domesticated, livestock or otherwise, in her possession or under her control or responsibility, and that she have no contact with the horses she surrendered which were rescued from her care and custody. 

The Wicomico County Humane Society Executive Director Aaron Balsamo released the following statement, “Since removal of the horses, their overall condition has improved. They are at various rescue locations where they are receiving all appropriate and necessary veterinary care. The Wicomico County Humane Society continues to monitor their progress and appreciates all the community’s support and concern.” 






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