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Lancaster horse attacked with paintballs has eye removed

The Associated Press

NEW HOLLAND, Pa. — An abandoned Pennsylvania horse that was shot more than 100 times with paintballs has had surgery to remove its injured right eye and is recovering at a York County rescue center.

This horse, now named Lily, was shot about 130 times with paintballs after being brought to the New Holland horse auction in Lancaster County, officials have said.
(Photo courtesy of Omega Horse Rescue and Rehabilitation Center)

Horse experts who performed the operation say it will enable the 20-year-old animal to live pain-free.

Officials from the Lancaster County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals found the horse at New Holland Sales Stables on Monday after the day’s sales had ended.

The group is offering a $1,000 reward for information about the paintball attack.

The horse was also underweight and had been struck by about 130 paintballs at close range.

The animal is now in the custody of Omega Horse Rescue and Rehabilitation Center in Airville where it is expected to eventually recover.