April 2016 Issue - page 10

Page 10
April 2016
PENNSYLVANIA EQUESTRIAN
By Stephanie Lawson
The story of Lily, a grey,
20-year-old mare shot at close
range by approximately 130
paintballs and abandoned in a
stall at the New Holland Auction,
has received international media
attention.
A reward for information
on who shot and abandoned the
Old, Underweight Mare Shot by 130 Paintballs, Abandoned at New Holland
underweight mare has reached
$10,000.
Kelly Smith of Omega Horse
Rescue in Airville, PA, found the
mare in a stall at the New Holland,
PA auction barn after the close
of business on March 14. New
Holland Auction management is
cooperating with the investigation.
The mare was sore to the
touch from being shot. "It was
deplorable," Smith said. "Her
eye was swollen shut. The other
one she can't see out of. Her head
was hanging down. She was very
depressed."
Smith called the Lancaster
SPCA and transported Lily, as
she was named, to New Bolton
Center in Kennett Square, PA.
"In 15 years, I've never seen
another paintball case," New
Bolton Center veterinarian Dr.
Rose Nolen-Walston said. "You
can tell she's a sweetie and you
can tell she's happy to be getting
some food and some care.
"If you look at her, she's
obviously a very old debilitated
horse, who can't defend herself."
New Bolton veterinarians de-
termined that Lily was blind in one
eye and the other eye was severely
ulcerated. Later in the week, Dr.
Nikki Scherrer, Ophthalmology
Resident and surgeon, removed the
blind eye, which was causing pain,
and performed surgery on the other.
Following the surgery,
Scherrer reported. “The left eye
is, as expected, painful, so we
have her on new pain medications
to reduce that pain, administered
through a patch on her leg. We
will be monitoring her closely.
Usually after the first three days,
we would expect her to feel much
better. We see that in 90 percent
of cases, the eye heals completely
in two weeks.
“The enucleation site where
we removed the right eye seems
to be quite comfortable and looks
as good as we would want it to
after 24 hours. The site is healing
quite well: there is no discharge;
she’s comfortable when I palpate
it; so everything’s going as ex-
pected. We changed the bandages
today, because we wanted to
make sure everything is intact.”
Dr. Nolen-Walston said,
“Lily is doing very well, and
does not seem to have any major
systemic problems. She is eating
a combination of two different
types of hay—grass and alfal-
fa—along with small amounts of
sweet feed. Lily’s favorite treat
seems to be carrots, and she is
getting plenty of those. Lily will
be at New Bolton Center and in
(Continued on page 25)
Dr. Nikki Scherrer, Ophthalmology Resident at Penn Vet's New
Bolton Center, with Lily after her examination and new bandage
application Friday, March 18.
Photo credit: Louisa Shepard
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