BREAKING: Verdict postponed in Hebron animal cruelty trial
SALISBURY, Md. – The verdict in the case of a Hebron woman who allegedly neglected over 100 horses on her farm has been postponed.
Wednesday morning, Barbara Pilchard took the stand, testifying that no one could have done a better job at taking care of her 96 horses. She also claims that she never intended for any of her horses to starve.
But the state reiterated the testimonies of veterinarians that were heard on Tuesday, saying there wasn’t sufficient shelter or running water and that many of the horses were described as emaciated, malnourished, and riddled with parasites.
Several horses had to be humanely euthanized as a result, however the defense argues that this evidence doesn’t prove that Pilchard is responsible.
Pilchard faces 56 counts of animal cruelty, neglect, and failure to provide food and water.
Closing arguments have been scheduled for April 5th, once a full transcript of the trial is complete.