Animal cruelty investigators say a Rhode Island horse trader is charged with animal cruelty after a lame, aged mare was shot more than 125 times with paintballs. Authorities say Philip S. Price of East Providence was charged with five citations, including transporting the mare without a license or health certificate.
The charges also include three counts of animal cruelty. Price is accused of neglecting Lily and transporting her from New Jersey to the New Holland auction to sell despite her weak and blind condition. Authorities say they are mailing Price his citations.
Each citation carries a maximum fine of $750, plus court costs. Restitution for Lily’s care may also be ordered if Price is found guilty.
If restitution is ordered, it could be a costly punishment for a man that allegedly ships horses to the slaughter pipeline for a living. That’s because the Arabian cross is still at Penn Vet’s New Bolton Center 15 days after we first told you her story. She is recovering from surgery after veterinarians removed her painful, blind eye. Her good eye was also operated on.
Price is on probation in his home state of Rhode Island after he was convicted for dealing animals without a license and animal cruelty. He pleaded no contest to eight counts of animal cruelty last summer. Eight of his horses were found in “squalor” inside a barn leading to their seizure and new homes.
New Bolton officials say all of Lily’s tests for infectious diseases came back negative. Lily is heading to a rehabilitation center soon to finish her recovery before she goes to her new adoptive home.
Authorities say the investigation remains open and the $10,000 reward is still available for tips. Contact the Lancaster County SPCA at 717-917-6979. You can leave a tip anonymously.
Update: Lily was not shot with paintballs we learned. Instead, she was fingerpainted by children at a horse school before being given to horse trader Phillip S. Price. The boarding stable Smoke Hollow Farm in Pittstown sent the aged mare to an unknown fate with the convicted criminal from Rhode Island.
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