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April 07, 2016

Pa. horse attacked with paintballs released from New Bolton Center vet facility

Investigators continue to seek suspect responsible for shooting the animal more than 130 times

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Penn Vet New Bolton Center surgeon Dr. Nikki Scherrer stands with 20-year-old Lily after successfully removing her sightless right eye.

A horse found abandoned and injured by more than 130 paintball bullets last month is on mend, according to CBSPhilly's report Thursday that the animal has beenĀ released from the care of Penn Vet specialists at the New Bolton Center.

She has been transferred to a rehabilitation stable, CBSPhilly reports.

The 20-year-old an Appaloosa and Arabian horse, which has been named Lily, had her right eye removed due to an ulcer, among other treatment at the vet center.

Sources reported Lily was found last month at an auction farm in New Holland, Pennsylvania. Afterward, 65-year-old Phillip S. Price of Rhode Island was charged in connection with transferring and abandoning the animal. Police are still searching for the individual(s) who shot Lily with the paintballs.

The Lancaster County SPCA is continuing to investigate the case and is offering a $10,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of anyone responsible for shooting Lily. The Humane Society of the United States and PETA together contributed an additional $9,000 to the original reward.

All inquiries about adoption and donations are being handled by Omega Horse Rescue, an Airville-based nonprofit rehabilitation center.

Anyone with information about the individual(s) responsible for Lily's attack is urged to call the Lancaster County SPCA at 717-917-6979.