The Wicomico County Sheriff's Office responded to call about starving horses who resorted to eating aluminum siding and fiberglass insulation to survive.In a horrific scene on Friday, March 16, the Wicomico County Sheriff's Office responded to a call about dead and starving horses living at a local farm. The sheriff's office found over two dozen dead horses as well as malnourished horses wandering around the property. A dead foal was found just steps from the owner's home. "The siding — aluminum siding — was eaten off the house, and fiberglass insulation had been pulled out," Wicomico County Sheriff Mike Lewis states. "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. There's mud and broken glass all around the back of the house."
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Lewis originally did not plan to go back to the scene after Friday's visit and was going to wait for the necropsy results but he was haunted by the starving horses. Instead, he contacted the Humane Society of Wicomico County to discuss this serious situation.
Lewis and a humane society official went back to the property on Saturday to make sure the horses were getting proper nourishment. The scene was even worse that day. A mare was giving birth to a baby without any care or veterinary assistance. The foal was stuck in the birth canal and died before the mare could save her baby. While the sheriff could not help the poor mother, a cleanup and rescue crew were dispatched to the area. According to Maryland property records, the farm is owned by Clayton P. and Barbara L. Pilchard. Lewis states that Pilchard told him she found nothing wrong with leaving the horses carcasses to decay. In fact, Pilchard stated that she tried to nurture the baby horse when it was first born, but when it died she simply dragged it to her front steps and left the carcass there for the past two weeks. One neighbor said she knew the animals weren't regularly cared for but she believed that a shipment of food was brought to the farm every 10 days or so.
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