Abandonded horse riddled with paintball remnants

Written by The Associated Press | Mar 15, 2016 8:32 AM

Courtesy of Lancaster County SPCA

(New Holland) -- Animal cruelty officials in Lancaster County are investigating after a horse riddled with more than 100 paintball remnants was found abandoned at a stable. 

The Lancaster County SPCA says they were called to New Holland Sales Stables Monday after the mare was found in a stall when sales ended for the day. 

SPCA Executive Director Susan Martin says the 20-year-old horse was underweight and had been struck by about 130 paint balls at close range.

She says the animal was "in a substantial amount of pain when touched.'' 

The horse hadn't been registered for Monday's sale and had no visible identification. 

Martin says the horse appears to be an Appaloosa/Arabian mix and is blind in its right eye.

It's expected to survive after a lengthy recovery. 

The horse was taken to a Kennett Square facility operated under University of Pennsylvania's School of Veterinary Medicine.

The Lancaster County SPCA is asking for the public's help to locate the owner of this horse.

Anyone with information can call 717-917-6979 or send an email to

All calls will be kept anonymous.


Courtesy of Lancaster County SPCA


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