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☛ Starving horses ate aluminum siding off of house 3-20-18


 By Glory Ann Kurtz
Taken from article published by Daily Times
March 20, 2018

On March 17, I published an article about 25 dead horses that were found in a rural property in West County, Maryland. Now a new article has come out that has made that discovery even more gruesome.

According to a March 17 article by Susan Parker of The Daily Times, “The horses had eaten the aluminum siding off the house and the fiberglass insulation had been pulled out. The 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.”

Maryland property records show that the 2.13-acre property is owned by Clayton P. and Barbara L. Pilchard. A neighbor, Marjie Cancil, said she never really got to know Barbara Pilchard and was unaware of any possible neglect of the horses. She said that sometimes the horses had gotten out and raised concerns but she had never seen an emaciated horse, never any indication of anything wrong. In fact, she said she believed hay had been regularly delivered to the farm every 10 days or so.”

Currently it is still not determined how many live horses remain on the farm; however, those horses now have three stacks of hay following a midnight call from Cancil to Aaron Balsamo, executive director of the Humane Society of Wicomico County.

According to the article, Barbara Pilchard was cooperating with the sheriff and county officials in their efforts to rescue the remaining horses. She said that the Wicomico County Sheriff Mike Lewis said that all the live horses will be seized, starting with the mares and foals and all of them will to taken to an undisclosed location. He continued saying that they would try to keep them all together if possible.

More than 5,000 pounds of grain had been delivered to the farm Saturday morning that was donated from Bryan & Brittingham, a farm supply store in Delmar. Another donor delivered 25 bales of hay.

Horses came out of the woods and fields to push their way close enough to grab a few bites of hay. They remained and continued eating for several hours Saturday afternoon. Lewis said most of the horses had been living in the back of the property, too far to be seen from the road andß no one knew how many were there.

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