LANCASTER, Pa. -- A Rhode Island man has been charged with animal cruelty in the case of a horse found shot with more than 100 paintballs.
Phillip S. Price, of East Providence, R.I., was charged Wednesday with five summary citations regarding his handling of Lily, a 20-year-old mare, according to WFMZ.
Omega Horse Rescue's Kelly Smith found Lily at the New Holland Horse Sale Stables in Lancaster County on March 21 after the horse auctions. They found no sign of an owner and believed her to be abandoned at the stables. They called the SPCA and Smith took Lily to New Bolton.
"It was deplorable," Smith said. "Her eye was swollen shut. The other one she can't see out of. Her head was hanging down. She was very depressed."
Dr. Nolen-Walston said the paintballs caused body soreness and no permanent damage.
"If you look at her she's obviously a very old debilitated horse, who can't defend herself," Dr. Nolen-Walston said.
Omega Horse Rescue is handling inquiries about adopting Lily and donating to her care.