Jon Stewart's Rescue Horse Dies in Fall

'She went peacefully ... under her favorite tree'
By Arden Dier,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 21, 2016 11:23 AM CDT
In this May 25 photo, Tracey Stewart stands beside Lily.   (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)

(Newser) – At least Lily had a great last month. A rescue horse recently adopted by Jon Stewart died on Sunday, according to a Facebook post from the farm sanctuary Stewart runs with his wife, Tracey. "Her bones were very frail. She stumbled and fell hard on her neck causing a break," the post reads. "We stroked her hair and told her over and over again how loved and special she was," according to a second post, per "She went peacefully ... under her favorite tree on soft grass."

The horse's back story remains a little unclear. Initially, the SPCA in Pennsylvania's Lancaster County said the horse, discovered at an auction stable, had been pelted up close by paint balls. But the horse's former owner has since come forward to say that the paint actually came from kids' finger-painting parties, reports AP. The owner says Lily was 35, and she had taken her to a horse dealer in February under the assumption the horse would be euthanized. The dealer put her up for auction, however, and that's when she was discovered. The dealer faces animal cruelty charges over transporting a horse in poor condition. (Read more Jon Stewart stories.)

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