An abandoned 20-year-old partially blind horse was found shot with a paint gun in Pennsylvania, North America this week (14 March).

Animal cruelty officers at Lancaster County SPCA were called out by the management of the New Holland Sales Stable after the horse was found left on the premises after the March livestock sale.

The grey mare was underweight, blind in the right eye and had been shot with a paint gun nearly 130 times.

SPCA officials said the horse had a low body condition and was sore to the touch.

The horse is an Arabian/appaloosa pony cross, thought to be about 20-years-old.

After being treated by a vet the mare was taken to New Bolton Centre by Omega Horse Rescue.

The Centre is the large animal hospital at the University of Pennsylvania’s School of veterinary medicine

The Lancaster SPCA has put out an appeal for anyone who has any information about the horse or her owners on its Facebook site.

No identification on the horse could be found when she was rescued.