PETA joins Lancaster SPCA in Pony Abuse Case; Reward reaches $5,000

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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 paintball's 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."