A house in Quantico, Maryland, has been stripped of aluminum siding because horses at the property were so starved that they resorted to eating things that were not edible. According to The Daily News of Salisbury, many horses didn’t survive at the property of Barbara Pilchard – over two dozen horses, in various states of decay were found last week on Pilchard’s property.
Officials in Wicomico County are working to remove the dead horses from Pilchard’s farm – and necropsies are being completed to determine exactly what causes the horses to die. Judging by the condition of the house on the property, starvation seems to be at least partially, if not completely, to blame. The horses had resorted to breaking out the home’s glass sliders in an attempt to get inside of the house – apparently in an effort to find some source of food.
Wicomico County Sheriff Mike Lewis expressed dismay over the shocking situation which he found when he visited the property on Friday morning. Lewis is quoted in the Daily Mail:
“I’m shocked at what I saw. I was absolutely appalled at the living conditions, not just of the horses and the animals, but also the homeowners. I’m shocked that anyone could live like that.”
Pilchard’s and her property have been reported to the authorities numerous times in the past, but nothing has ever been done to remedy the situation. Back in 1995, she was discovered to be in possession of over 200 cats – she faced charges, but they were apparently shelved by the court system.
The surviving horses from the farm are being seized and moved to an undisclosed location – no word on whether or not Pilchard will face charges.
(Screenshot via Daily Mail)
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