KENNETT SQUARE (WTXF) - Authorities say a Rhode Island man is charged with animal cruelty for allegedly transporting a lame horse to the New Holland Sales Stables for auction.
Authorities say Phillip S. Price, 65, was charged with five summary citations, regarding his handling of Lily, a pony mare now receiving treatment in Kennett Square.
Lancaster County SPCA investigated the case. According to investigators, the injured horse was very thin and blind when it was dropped off March 14 at the New Holland Sales Stables on West Fulton Street.
Authorities say Price, of East Providence, R.I., is charged with 3 counts of animal cruelty, a single count of dealing and handling animals without a license, and a single count of importing animals without an interstate health certificate.
The horse was transported from a location in New Jersey to the auction site.
Each summary citation carries a maximum fine of $750, plus additional court costs, which will be ordered by District Judge Rodney Hartman, if Price is proven guilty. At that point, restitution for the horse's care will also be ordered.
According to authorities, three cruelty charges regard Price's alleged neglect of Lily, the transport of the horse, and her being offered for sale.
The investigation continues into how Lily received paint markings on her body.
Lily is being cared for at Penn Vet New Bolton Center in Kennett Square, where she continues to improve and gain weight.