KENNETT SQUARE, Pa.-- A 20-year-old horse named Lily is recovering after being shot more than 100 times with paintballs.
"In 15 years, I've never seen another paintball case," New Bolton Center veterinarian Dr. Rose Nolen-Walston said. "You can tell she's a sweetie and you can tell she's happy to be getting some food and some care."
Omega Horse Rescue's Kelly Smith found rescued Lily after finding her abandoned following horse auctions at a stable in Lancaster County.
"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."
Tests are being to done make sure Lily is in good health. She is in isolation to prevent diseases and is being fed a special diet to help her gain weight. While being hit with the paintballs hurt Lily, there's 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.
"I hope that her remaining days can be found with someone who is going to love her and appreciate her," Smith said.
The SPCA is still looking for Lily's owner while the try to find a new home for her. They said they are working with the Lancaster County district attorney's office to on an animal abuse case. In Pennsylvania animal abuse is a summary offense.
If you would like to donate to help Lily with her recovery, you are asked to send your donations to the Omega Horse Rescue. Click here for their website.