On the evening of Friday, March 16, WBOC 16 reported that the Wicomico County Sheriff’s Office began an investigation into the presence of several dead horses at a farm in the 6000 block of Cherrywalk Road outside of Herbron.
Lt. Tim Robinson of the Wicomico County Sheriff’s Office told WBOC 16 that, along with Wicomico County Animal Control, entered the property around 11am on March 16 after being notified about the deceased horses. Robinson reported that they found the remains of more than two dozen horses at various stages of decay. At this time, the causes of the deaths and how long each horse has been dead is under investigation.
Sheriff Mike Lewis told WBOC 16 that his deputies had been called to the house on several occasions but not for this sort of situation. According to Sheriff Lewis, horses from this property have gotten loose dozens of times nearly causing several accidents on nearby roadways. He added that he did not recall any calls related to malnourished horses.
According to WBOC 16, the property owner was previously fined in Wicomico County for multiple instances of littering. There are over 100 horses on the property.
This most recent investigation may lead to charges, according to Sheriff Lewis. He told WBOC 16, “Absolutely. Well certainly animal neglect, but it could be animal cruelty based on what our investigation finds out and what it concludes.”
Investigators and animal control units are planning to spend the weekend at the Hebron property. They are asking that if anyone has information about this incident, to please contact the Wicomico County Sheriff’s Office at 410-548-4891.
The Equiery will continue the monitor the situation and post updates as they become available.