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

A horse that was at a paddock near this April was the victim of another attack this weekend at 2625 Centreville Rd.

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 .  Lucinda is ; 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 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 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. 

Sharon L Robinson Hambley July 10, 2012 at 12:27 AM
Since the horses are not Fairfax County property, perhaps the horses and the activity need to be moved to a protected facility...would Northern Virginia Community College Vet Med Tech possibly be interested? That campus has guards on duty.
Sharon L Robinson Hambley July 10, 2012 at 01:02 AM
Elizabeth and Susan are right...I retired from Federal Law Enforcement/Forensic Psychiatry..many psychopaths begin on animals...this facility obviously cannot afford to keep these horses at an unguarded facility...I recommend they seek out if the Vet Med Tech facility at NOVA Community College could take the horses...the college might be able to offer courses in rehab and the horses would benefit from the guards on campus
Ivy Bigbee July 10, 2012 at 04:40 AM
I don't understand why police or other organizations have not stepped up site surveillance re these ongoing atrocities. How long must these animals suffer?
Melanie Quinn August 27, 2012 at 10:05 AM
Just to let everyone know smartisight has donated cameras to Spirit. smartisight is a local internet based camera company located in Mclean, VA.
Laurie Dodd August 27, 2012 at 01:34 PM
Thanks to this company (smartisight) for donating security cameras! I hope this will help keep these animals safe from any future assaults.


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