The Humane Society of the United States is offering a reward of up to $5,000 for information leading to the identification, arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for hitting a nearly blind horse with a paintball gun more than 100 times and then abandoning her.
The Case: On March 14, cruelty officers responded to a call from New Holland Sales Stable after management discovered an abandoned horse, named Lily, on the property. Lily’s condition prompted the stable management and veterinarian to contact Lancaster County SPCA for assistance.
Upon arrival, cruelty officers discovered the 20-year-old Arabian/Appaloosa pony mix was blind in her right eye, had a low body condition score and a slight temperature. Lily was sore to the touch as a result of being shot with a paintball gun nearly 130 times.
Veterinarians at Penn Vet New Bolton removed Lily’s right eye and operated on her left eye to remove the unhealthy tissue, which jumpstarted her healing process.
The Lancaster county SPCA transferred custody of Lily to Omega Horse Rescue and Rehabilitation Center on March 18.
Animal Cruelty: Getting the serious attention of law enforcement, prosecutors and residents in cases involving allegations of cruelty to animals is an essential step in protecting the community. The connection between animal cruelty and human violence is well documented. Studies show a correlation between animal cruelty and all manner of other crimes, from narcotics and firearms violations to battery and sexual assault.
Kirsten Tullo, Pennsylvania state director for the HSUS said: “Lily is one of the sweetest and most gentle souls I have ever encountered. There is no excuse for wounding defenseless animal like this horse in Lancaster. We hope our reward will help find the perpetrator of this horrible crime.”
Susan Martin, executive director of the Lancaster County SPCA said: “It takes a truly callous person to shoot a horse with a paint ball gun more than 100 times. We are hopeful that the HSUS’ reward will bring forward anyone with information about this heinous crime."
The Investigators: The Lancaster County SPCA is investigating. Anyone with information about the case is asked to call 717-917-6979 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. All calls will be kept anonymous.
Resources: The HSUS Animal Cruelty Campaign raises public awareness and educates communities about the connection between animal cruelty and human violence while providing a variety of resources to law enforcement agencies, social work professionals, educators, legislators and families. The HSUS offers rewards in animal cruelty cases across the country and works to strengthen laws against animal cruelty.
The National Sheriffs’ Association and the HSUS launched ICE BlackBox, a free smartphone tool, to allow users to record video of illegal animal cruelty and share it securely with law enforcement for possible investigation and prosecution.
The HSUS doubled its standard cruelty reward from $2,500 to $5,000 thanks to a generous donation from an HSUS board member. To see information on statistics, trends, laws and animal cruelty categories, visit our animal cruelty statistics page.
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