June 2016 Issue - page 4

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June 2016
PENNSYLVANIA EQUESTRIAN
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By Stephanie Shertzer Lawson
The emaciated mare
thought to have been shot by
paintballs who has become a
media sensation received justice
on May 20.
Phillip S. Price, Jr. of Provi-
dence, RI was convicted of three
counts of animal cruelty, one
count of dealing animals without
a license, and one count of im-
porting animals without required
interstate health certificate. He
was ordered to pay restitution of
$10,178.29—the cost of the ani-
mal’s vet bills to date – and fined
$3,056.50.
Most importantly, he was
barred from the New Holland
Sales Stables, where the under-
weight, blind pony mare was
found, covered in paint.
Lancaster County Humane
Officer Susan Martin testified
that the painted pony was found
abandoned after the auction on
March 14. The auction’s vet
found her to have excessive
discharge from both eyes. She
was disoriented, extremely thin,
possibly blind and difficult to
move. The stable manager said
he had ‘no clue’ as to how she
got there. New Holland police
were called.
Mike McDermott, part own-
er and office manager of New
Holland Sales Stable reviewed
Transporter of ‘Paintball Pony’
Found Guilty on All Counts
surveillance camera footage that
showed Price’s truck parked out-
side the back door of the facility
in an area where drivers clear
manure from their trucks. The
footage showed someone leading
a horse into the barn.
Kelly Smith of Omega
Horse Rescue, who had found
the mare, transported her to
New Bolton Center where she
was admitted as an emergency
patient. Dr. Rose Nolen-Walston,
Associate Professor at Penn Vet,
testified that she saw the mare
the next morning. She gave her
a body condition score of 2 to
2 ½. One eye had a detached
retina leaving it blind and the
other was ulcerated and muscle
spasms had caused the eye to
be fixed looking down. Her feet
were overgrown, she was very
body sore and unusually quiet
and sedate. She had copious
discharge from both eyes and
the one that still had vision was
tightly closed.
Two weeks later No-
len-Walston removed the blind
eye, which she said was painful
and non-visual; the other eye
remained tightly shut and very
painful. “Her eyes required
extensive treatment but otherwise
she needed just food and good
husbandry,” she said.
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