Man convicted of cruelty to horse shot with paintballs

LANCASTER, Pa. (WHTM) – A Rhode Island man must pay for the recovery and care of an injured and emaciated horse that apparently was shot more than 100 times with paintballs.

Philip Price Jr., 65, was convicted Friday on five summary counts regarding his handling of Lily, a pony mare abandoned at New Holland Sales Stables, according to the Lancaster County district attorney’s office.

Price was convicted of three counts of animal cruelty for neglecting the horse and two other counts for transporting her and offering her for sale.

He was ordered to pay $3,056 in fines and $10,178 in restitution for Lily’s recovery and care, and he is prohibited from doing any more business at the stables.

The horse was underweight, nearly blind, and had paint markings all over her body when she was abandoned March 14. The investigation continues into how she received the paint markings on her body.

Lily was cared for at Penn Vet New Bolton Center in Kennett Square. Her condition has improved and she has gained weight.

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