NEW HOLLAND, Pa. (AP) — A Rhode Island man is facing animal cruelty charges after authorities say he transported a horse that was later found shot more than 100 times with paintballs in Pennsylvania.
Police say 65-year-old Phillip Price was charged Wednesday with animal cruelty, dealing and handling animals without a license and importing animals without an interstate health certificate.
The 20-year-old horse named Lily was found at the New Holland Sales Stables earlier this month splattered with paint and sore to the touch. Police say the horse was hit by about 130 paintballs at close range and needed surgery to remove its injured right eye.
The case remains under investigation as authorities try to figure out how Lily received the paint markings.
It’s unclear if Price has an attorney who could comment.