Reward Reaches $5,000 in Pony Abuse Case

PETA Joins Lancaster County SPCA in Search to Find Out Who Shot Pony More Than 130 Times With Paintballs and Abandoned Her at Horse Sale

For Immediate Release:
March 18, 2016

David Perle 202-483-7382

New Holland, Pa. – On Monday, a 20-year-old Arabian/Appaloosa pony mix was reportedly abandoned at New Holland Sales Stables—and a veterinary examination quickly revealed that in addition to being blind in her right eye, the pony had been shot with nearly 130 paintballs and was in extraordinary pain.

Lancaster County authorities have yet to make any arrests in this case, prompting PETA—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to abuse in any way”—to offer a reward of up to $4,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for this crime. This brings the total reward offered by PETA, the Lancaster County SPCA, and Omega Horse Rescue to $5,000.

“This gentle pony endured excruciating pain as she was shot dozens upon dozens of times with high-velocity balls of paint,” says PETA Cruelty Casework Director Stephanie Bell. “PETA is urging anyone with information about this cruel act to come forward immediately, before the culprit or culprits decide to use anyone else as target practice.”

Anyone with information about this case should contact the Lancaster County SPCA at 717-917-6979 or [email protected].

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