Man Accused of Maltreating ‘Lily’

A Rhode Island man is facing charges for allegedly maltreating the mare who was shot with a paintball gun.
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A Rhode Island man is facing multiple charges for allegedly transporting a maltreated horse, now known as Lily, to the New Holland Sales Barn, in Pennsylvania, and abandoning her.

On March 14, the 20-year-old Appaloosa/Arabian-cross mare was discovered in a stall at the New Holland auction barn. The horse had been shot an estimated 130 times with a paintball gun. Rescuers from the Omega Horse Rescue, in Airville, Pennsylvania, brought Lily to the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine’s New Bolton Center, in Kennett Square for assessment and treatment. Veterinarians determined the mare was underweight, blind in one eye, and suffering from an ulcer in the other eye.

The Lancaster County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals subsequently investigated Lily’s maltreatment and abandonment.

On March 30, the Lancaster County District Attorney’s Office charged Phillip S. Price of East Providence, Rhode Island, with five summary citations in connection with the case

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Pat Raia is a veteran journalist who enjoys covering equine welfare, industry, and news. In her spare time, she enjoys riding her Tennessee Walking Horse, Sonny.

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