BREAKING: Md. horse neglect case ends in no jail time
WICOMICO COUNTY, Md. – The Maryland woman found guilty of neglecting 13 horses was sentenced on Monday morning and will not spend any time in jail.
Barbara Pilchard, was sentenced on May 13, in a Wicomico County courtroom to 18 months with all time suspended. Pilchard does face $13,000 in fines and the State is also seeking restitution. Judge Leah Seaton ruled that Pilchard will serve 5 years of probation with required mental health and counseling during that time. She is also not allowed to have any animals while serving probation. The Wicomico County Animal Control is also allowed to conduct random unannounced visits at Pilchard’s home while she is on probation.
The 74-year-old faced up to 9 years behind bars. 47 ABC asked Pilchard for a comment as she walked out of the Courthouse on Monday but she did not respond.
Back in March of 2018, authorities found over 25 dead horses on Pilchard’s 150 acre farm property in Hebron.
To see 47 ABC’s previous coverage on Pilchard’s conviction, click here.