Animal cruelty officers in Pennsylvania are asking for your help to find the owner of a flea-bitten grey mare that was abandoned at New Holland after allegedly being shot with paintballs. A $10,000 reward is being offered for information leading to the person responsible for the mare’s abuse.
The Lancaster County SPCA is conducting an animal abuse investigation after the Arabian cross was dumped at the auction house’s property Monday. The mare called Lily, for the Easter flower, is barely able to see, according to Kelly Smith of Omega Horse Rescue. That is because she is blind in one eye and her other eye is swollen shut.
Penn Vet’s New Bolton Center is providing the aged mare with care. Dr. Rose Nolen-Walston, Associate Professor of Internal Medicine, said Lily is receiving pain medication for the tenderness resulting from the paintball injuries after she was used for target practice by unknown suspects.
The Arabian mare is significantly underweight, blind in one eye, and has ulcers in the other eye, among other health issues. She is expected to be at New Bolton for at least the next week for treatment. She is recovering from surgery to remove her painful, blind right eye and help her left eye. The surgery, which was done standing, will allow Lily to live pain-free, according to her vets.
If you have any information about the owner or where this horse came from, you are asked to contact the Lancaster County SPCA at 717-917-6979. You can leave a tip anonymously.