NEW HOLLAND, Pa. (AP) — Animal cruelty officials in Pennsylvania are investigating after a horse riddled with over 100 paintball remnants was found abandoned at a stable.
Officials from the Lancaster County SPCA tell LNP (http://bit.ly/1XrDV9o) they were called to New Holland Sales Stables on Monday after the mare was found in a stall when sales ended for the day.
SPCA Executive Director Susan Martin says the 20-year-old horse was underweight and had been struck by about 130 paintballs at close range. She says the horse was “in a substantial amount of pain when touched.”
The horse hadn’t been registered for Monday’s sale and had no visible identification.
Martin says the horse appears to be an Appaloosa/Arabian mix and is blind in [her] right eye. [She’s] expected to survive after a lengthy recovery.
The horse was taken to a Kennett Square facility operated under University of Pennsylvania’s School of Veterinary Medicine.
Featured Image: A filly is lead into the sales ring (not the horse in this report). Image Source: Off Track Thoroughbreds