Paintball shot mare Lily has eye removed

Photo/New Bolton Center Dr. Rose Nolen-Walston, asssociate professor of internal medicine, and Dr. Nikki Scherrer, ophthalmology resident, with Lily at New Bolton Center.

NEW HOLLAND, Pa. (AP) - The abandoned Pennsylvania horse known as Lily who was shot more than 100 times with paintballs has had surgery to remove her injured right eye.

The University of Pennsylvania's New Bolton Center veterinarians who performed the operation say it will enable the 20-year-old mare to live pain-free.

Officials from the Lancaster County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals found her at New Holland Sales Stables on March 14 after the day's sales had ended.

The group is offering a $1,000 reward for information about the paintball attack.

The horse was also underweight and had been struck by about 130 paintballs at close range.

The horse is now in the custody of Omega Horse Rescue and Rehabilitation Center in Airville, Pa. where it is expected to eventually recover.