PETITION CLOSED

UPDATE:

Despite being charged with over 30 misdemeanor counts of animal cruelty, Barbara Pilchard will not serve any time in prison. On May 13, she was given 90 days in jail for each of the six horses that deceased, for a total of 18 months. However, the charges were suspended. Pilchard is on five-year probation, which prohibits her from possessing or having contact with domestic animals and requires she complete mental health treatment. She has also been ordered to pay a $1,000 fine for each of the horses that she was convicted of mistreating, for a total $13,000 in fines to be paid over the course of her probation.

PETITION TARGET:  Wicomico County State Attorney

When police arrived at a dilapidated farm in Quantico, MD, what they found was deeply haunting. At least 25 dead horses littered the property, decomposing in various stages of decay. A dead baby foal was lying just feet from the front door.

The surviving horses were desperate for food. They had resorted to eating the house, chewing off the aluminum siding and pulling out the fiberglass insulation.

"Those horses were so hungry, they had broken the glass sliding doors on the back of the house, trying to get in and find something to eat," said Wicomico County Sheriff Mike Lewis.

This tragic situation should have never happened. In 1995, officials seized 200 cats from this farm, and charged owner Barbara Pilchard with 100 counts of animal neglect. Yet shockingly, Pilchard was never prosecuted -- and went on to collect and neglect countless more animals.

This grave mistake must not be repeated, and no more animals must be allowed to rot on this farm.

Sign this petition to urge Wicomico County attorneys to prosecute to the fullest extent of the law, and ensure that that not one single horse, cat or other animal is ever allowed in the hands of the farm owners again.



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