KENNETT SQUARE, Pa. — A 20-year-old horse is recovering after being shot more than 100 times with paintballs. Lily is recovering at the New Bolton Center in Chester County, Pennsylvania.
"In 15 years, I've never seen another paintball case," New Bolton Center veterinarian Dr. Rose Nolen-Walston said. "You can tell she's a sweetie and you can tell she's happy to be getting some food and some care."
Omega Horse Rescue's Kelly Smith found Lily at the New Holland Horse Sale Stables in Lancaster County on Monday after the horse auctions. They found no sign of an owner and believed her to be abandoned at the stables. They called the SPCA and Smith took Lily to New Bolton.
"It was deplorable," Smith said. "Her eye was swollen shut. The other one she can't see out of. Her head was hanging down. She was very depressed."
Dr. Nolen-Walston said tests are being to done make sure Lily is in good health. She is in isolation to prevent diseases. She is being fed a certain diet to help her, as she is underweight. Dr. Nolen-Walston said the paintballs caused body soreness and no permanent damage.
"If you look at her she's obviously a very old debilitated horse, who can't defend herself," Dr. Nolen-Walston said.
"I hope that her remaining days can be found with someone who is going to love her and appreciate her," Smith said.
They are looking for a new home for Lily. The SPCA says they are looking for the owner of the horse. If you have any information you are asked to call them. They said they are working with the Lancaster County district attorney's office to open an animal abuse case. In Pennsylvania, animal abuse is a summary offense.
If you would like to donate to help Lily with her recovery, you are asked to send your donations to the Omega Horse Rescue.
Click here for their website.