Horse Injured in Weekend Attack in Herndon
SPIRIT Open Equestrian Program horse was also injured in April attacks near Frying Pan Park; teen suspect in earlier incidents still at detention center
Fairfax County police said the injured horse, Lucinda, suffered cuts and wounds sometime between 8 p.m. Saturday and 10:30 a.m. Sunday at the paddock, adjacent to Frying Pan Farm Park. Lucinda is one of the SPIRIT Open Equestrian program's horses and was previously injured with a knife on April 26; police said the wounds are not life threatening.
The incident is the third in a series of animal attacks in the area this year, all of which have occurred during overnight hours.
After three horses in the SPIRIT Open Equestrian program were similarly attacked in April, a number of barnyard animals — including two goats, a calf and a chicken — were injured in May at the Kidwell Barn.
The 17-year-old Herndon-area teen arrested in connection with the previous attacks at Frying Pan Farm Park and the SPIRIT horses is still incarcerated at the Fairfax County Juvenile Detention Center.
The teen allegedly injured seven animals in the previous two attacks that took place April 26 and May 26. The boy has been charged with four felony counts of maiming animals, three misdemeanor counts of cruelty to animals and two counts of unlawful entry.
Anyone with information possibly related to the case or who may have seen something suspicious is asked to contact Crime Solvers anonymously by phone at 1-866-411-8477, or the Fairfax County Police at 703-691-2131.