Former “Daily Show” host Jon Stewart and his wife are giving a new home to a horse that was shot more than 100 times at close range with paintballs and lost an eye from her injuries.
Stewart and his wife, Tracey, adopted the 20-year-old horse named Lily. They have a 12-acre farm in Middletown Township.
Lily was found at a sales stables in New Holland, Pennsylvania, in March. Police say the horse needed surgery to remove the injured eye. The Lancaster County SPCA has been caring for her.
Phillip Price, of East Providence, Rhode Island, was convicted Friday in New Holland of animal cruelty and other charges.
The Stewarts partnered with Farm Sanctuary last year to open an animal sanctuary on their property, named Bufflehead Farm.
“We’re going to build new advocates, new curious learners, and new leaders for this very important movement,” Tracey Stewart, announced as a surprise at the Farm Sanctuary’s 2015 Gala at the Plaza Hotel in New York City last October.
“I was so angry at animals until I met Tracey,” Jon Stewart joked in an interview with CBS from his family’s property, where a three-legged pit bull also lives. With her husband’s encouragement, Tracey Stewart, a longtime animal advocate, eventually went back to school to become a veterinary technician, she said in the CBS interview.
The couple regularly posts pictures from the farm on a Facebook page dubbed The Daily Squeal, where recent images feature goats, pigs, and sheep.
The Stewarts are currently seeking permission from Colts Neck Township to transform the historic 45-acre Hockhockson Farm into a working farm and animal sanctuary educational center.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.