(Salisbury, Md.) - Closing arguments for an animal cruelty case in Wicomico County that has captured a lot of attention have been postponed to next week. Wednesday marks day two of the trial and no verdict against Barbara Pilchard was reached. -year-old pilchard faces 60 charges - including aggravated animal cruelty for her alleged treatment of her 96 horses that were found on march 16th of last year.
75-year-old Pilchard took the stand Wednesday morning to tell her side of the story. In her testimony Pilchard says she took good care of her 96 horses. She says they were fed every day in groups with hay and feed and that there was water available in every barn before snow arrived the week of March 16th, the week when she shut the water off in fear of freezing pipes. According to Pilchard, any horses that were sick could not have been saved by veterinary care.
Others that responded to the scene last March disagree. The Wicomico County Humane Society is pleased this case is finally going to trial, according to Director Kevin Usilton.
"We're sorry there's a delay because we feel like this should be quick in the judge's decision on whether or not she's found guilty of cruelty to animals," says Usilton.
The trial has been delayed until next Wednesday so that the defense can get testimony transcripts. The state is hoping that the judge will also have a verdict ready by then.