A horse adopted by former “The Daily Show” host Jon Stewart and his wife Tracey has died, just weeks after the couple took possession of the animal.
“It is with the deepest sadness that we share with you that dearest, sweetest Lily passed away yesterday,” a Facebook post published Monday by the couple’s New Jersey farm said. “She went peacefully surrounded by so many that loved her.
“We stroked her hair and told her over and over again how loved and special she was. She was under her favorite tree on soft grass,” the post continued. “She will live on in our hearts and in our fight to protect, love and cherish all animals.”
The couple adopted Lily in late May. The pony had been abandoned in March at a Pennsylvania horse sale.
The mare, who was estimated to be 20 to 25 years old, was found malnourished and covered in paint spatters.
While some reports indicated that Lily had been pelted with rounds fired from a paintball gun. However, Doreen Weston, the purported previous owner of the horse, told a different story, claiming that her horse had been used by children for finger-painting during a birthday party. She also cast doubt on whether Lily was her horse, suggesting that she had gotten rid of a different horse.
“We’ve done that for years, put paint on the horse. She loved it. The kids love it,” Weston said. “It’s not toxic. It’s fingerpaint. Then we would put her out in the pasture and it would wash off. If it got shot with a paintball gun, that was done somewhere else.”