Animals Attacked at Frying Pan Farm Park Near Herndon
Two goats, a calf and a chicken were cut and injured Saturday night, just one month after three horses were attacked on a nearby property.
A number of barnyard animals at Frying Pan Farm Park were injured Saturday night by an unknown person at the Kidwell Barn in the Herndon area, according to the Fairfax County Police Department.
Two goats, a calf and a chicken were cut during the nighttime hours between 5 p.m. Saturday and 7 a.m. Sunday. About a month ago three horses that are part of the SPIRIT Open Equestrian program were similarly attacked in the middle of the night on an adjacent property.
Staff of Frying Pan Farm Park discovered the injuries on the animals at about 8 a.m. when they went to feed them. The calf and one of the goats are both under one year old and are bottle-fed. The animals have no fear of humans and would approach anyone who comes close to them thinking they are going to be fed.
Animal control officers, detectives and private veterinarians responded to the scene and the investigation is continuing. The animals' injuries don't appear to be life threatening.
Police say they don't know whether the April 26 SPIRIT incident is related to the most recent animals attacks. The horses are housed in a barn that is adjacent to the park, but are not on park property. An arrest has not yet been made in that case and the investigation is ongoing.
Anyone with information about either incident who can recall seeing anything or anyone suspicious is asked to contact the Fairfax County Police at 703-691-2131, or Crime Solvers anonymously at 1-866-411-8477. People can also visit www.FairfaxCrimeSolvers.org to submit tips.