RANCHO PALOS VERDES, Calif. (AP) - Someone fired 58 BB pellets into a Southern California horse named Calamity Jane.
The wounded 10-year-old mare wasn't expected to survive when it arrived at a Castaic shelter last month.
KCBS-TV says the horse had also been neglected by her owner and was rescued by an animal welfare group.
Stacey Cohen, who lives in Redondo Beach and keeps horses at Rancho Palos Verdes, says she was moved to adopt the horse two weeks ago because the shelter planned to put down the horse.
The mare's BB wounds are still bleeding and there's fear the lead pellets might poison her bloodstream.
Veterinarian Larry Kelly has offered to remove the BBs for free. Surgery is planned on Tuesday.
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