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Man charged with transporting horse shot with paintballs

Written by The Associated Press | Mar 31, 2016 5:22 AM
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Courtesy of Lancaster County SPCA

(New Holland) -- A Rhode Island man is facing animal cruelty charges after authorities say he transported a horse that was later found shot more than 100 times with paintballs in Lancaster County.

Police say 65-year-old Phillip Price has been charged with animal cruelty, dealing and handling animals without a license and importing animals without an interstate health certificate.

The 20-year-old horse named Lily was found at the New Holland Sales Stables earlier this month -- splattered with paint and sore to the touch.

At the time, the Lancaster County SPCA Executive Director Susan Martin said the 20-year-old horse was underweight and had been struck by about 130 paint balls at close range.

The  Appaloosa/Arabian mix and wasis blind in its right eye and needed surgery to remove it.

The case remains under investigation as authorities try to figure out how Lily received the paint markings.

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Courtesy of Lancaster County SPCA

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