NEW HOLLAND, Pa. (WHTM) – Animal cruelty officers say a horse found abandoned at a stable apparently was shot with paintballs nearly 130 times.
The Lancaster County SPCA is asking for the public’s help to find the owner of the horse, an Arabian/Appaloosa mix that’s about 20 years old. Authorities said it was found at New Holland Sales Stable after a horse sale on Monday, but was not checked in for sale.
“At first, I thought, did someone paint this horse to look like an Easter egg?” Smith said. “The closer I got, I actually realized it was paintball.”
Smith gave ABC27 a video she took just minutes after rescuing the horse.
“This is awful,” she said. “It’s beyond cruel, it’s inhumane. It’s incomprehensible to me that someone could do this to a living creature.”
“I can feel every single one of her ribs,” said Rose Nolen-Watson, an associate professor of internal medicine at the Penn Vet New Bolton Center in Chester County, where the horse is getting medical treatment.
Her caretakers have named her Lily. Nolen-Watson said her recovery will take at least two weeks.
“She’s in a lot of pain,” she said. “Every single one of the paintballs causes a bruise, and so I suspect she feels like she’s been hit by a Mack truck.”
Anyone who knows the owner or their whereabouts is asked to call the Lancaster County SPCA at 717-917-6979.