KENNETT SQUARE, Pa. (WPVI) - It was back on Monday, March 14th when officers from the Lancaster County SPCA were called to the New Holland Sales stables after the mare was found in a stall after the sales had ended.
SPCA Executive Director Susan Martin said the 20-year-old horse was underweight and had been struck by the paintballs at close range. She says the horse was "in a substantial amount of pain when touched."
Lily hadn't been registered for Monday's sale and had no visible identification.
The woman who found her runs Omega Horse Rescue, and immediately sought care for the horse at the New Bolton Center.
"When you first see something like that it's quite stunning, because I've never seen a horse look like that," said Kelly Smith of Omega Horse Rescue.
Lily is on the road to recovery at the New Bolton Center in Kennett Square, where she's been cared for since being found two weeks ago.