Hebron Horse Owner Indicted for Felony Animal Abuse

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A Hebron woman has been indicted on 16 counts of felony aggravated animal cruelty and 48 misdemeanor counts of animal abuse and neglect.  The Wicomico County State’s Attorney’s office say Barbara Pilchard’s Indictment was issued as a criminal summons.  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 State’s Attorney has filed the charges against Pilchard after allegations of animal abuse and neglect on her horse farm were received in March.  Investigation found 98 live horses on her Cherry Walk Road farm in unlivable conditions – they have since been surrendered and are in the care of rescue organizations.