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. 

El July 09, 2012 at 03:12 PM
This is beyond words.
Lisa July 09, 2012 at 03:21 PM
This is horrible and unacceptable! Who in their right mind, there is the key word, would do or continue to do this horrible act? What do they get out of this?
Howard Carlin July 09, 2012 at 03:39 PM
After all these attacks, can it be true that they have not installed security cameras and/or a better method of protecting these animals?
Scott July 09, 2012 at 03:44 PM
Howard I agree! Money was raised to purchase security equipment when the animals became injured the FIRST TIME! So I guess I am wondering what is going on? The owners/operators have a responsibly to protect the animals and so I am no only furious with whoever is doing this, but also the owners! Stop buying time and get some darn security for the animals already!
Ann H Csonka July 09, 2012 at 03:46 PM
That's what I don't understand. One would think installing security cameras would be the FIRST PRIORITY at this facility. Can anyone get answers?
Don Joy July 09, 2012 at 04:02 PM
This means either it's a copycat attack, or they have the wrong person in custody, or the person in custody wasn't the only one doing it.
DD July 09, 2012 at 04:04 PM
Agreed! Even basic motion-sensor floodlights would be something that could potentially deter a trespasser.
Elizabeth July 09, 2012 at 04:06 PM
If money was raised for the security cameras, why have they not been installed and put into operation by now????? There has been more than enough time. This act is beyond appalling; it leaves me speechless. This kind of wanton cruelty deserves the absolute harshest penalty... too bad the brat(s) who did this aren't likely to be eligible for a lethal injection. There is just no place for this kind of trash on this planet! But - mark my words - if these perps are NOT treated as harshly as possible, someday they will prey on humans. This isn't a maybe. It is DEFINITE! No coddling of these devolved predators in human form - treat them like the vermin they are!
Leslie Perales Loges (Editor) July 09, 2012 at 04:43 PM
I've contacted SPIRIT to see if they do have plans to install security cameras. A lot of commenters on here, on Facebook and in other places said they think the nonprofit should raise money for security cameras, but the organizers at SPIRIT never said they were planning to raise money for, buy or install cameras when I interviewed them.
Bob Rudine July 09, 2012 at 05:15 PM
Looks like the local gangs are alive and well. Let's hope this is resolved quickly. Maybe Fairfax county should turn this case over to the regional Gang Task Force.
Southlakesmom July 09, 2012 at 05:56 PM
The money that was raised after the first attacks went to the enormous vet bills to treat the animals. SPIRIT is a bare-bones non-profit and feeding and basic care of the animals soaks up their every diime. Interestingly, when it was just the SPIRIT animals attacked Frying Pan said, "oh, so sorry, but you're not our asset or on our property so we can't help." Once their own animals were attacked, they started making noises about cameras, etc. Still, Frying Pan, a Fairfax County operation, is unlikely to spend money to keep the SPIRIT animals safe. Sadly, what makes these horses so vulnerable is that they like people and are not afraid when someone comes to their paddock. Their gentle acceptance of people is what makes them so good in working with the disabled.
Susan Palatucci July 09, 2012 at 06:08 PM
These kids grow up to be sociopaths or psychopaths (the violent type). Hurting animals is a precursor to psychopathy. This teenager is to be feared.
Sidney K. July 09, 2012 at 06:15 PM
This is terribly saddening and just outright craziness.....Security system, or guard or even a policeman is something they desperately need......What are they waiting for???....An animal to be killed??? God for bid....DO THE RIGHT THING AND PROTECT ALL THESE BEAUTIFUL ANIMALS ALREADY!!! Perhaps in the meantime how about some volunteers to stay on the grounds with the animals overnight.....a few in each area armed with walkie talkies and a cell phone.......
El July 09, 2012 at 06:21 PM
Have any of you read the article in the newspaper after they took this person into custody? He had a machete, he wore a mask, and he rode the horse till he was thrown off and then started cutting.
Don Joy July 09, 2012 at 07:46 PM
El, after reading your comment I did just now find some information to that effect--however those are merely the statements of the suspect, made to the person who tipped the police. Seeing as there's now a recurrence, and the kid in question is already in custody, the situation points to a copycat, or others that were involved along with the first suspect continuing the attacks.
Don Joy July 09, 2012 at 07:56 PM
Based on the suspect's statements about making a video of him riding a horse, we have to wonder where is the video (if it exists)--do the police have it? If not, who does? The kid had to have someone else involved if his intention was to make a video of him riding a horse...
El July 09, 2012 at 08:14 PM
My first thought was that he was probably going to post it on You Tube or something like that and see it go viral.
Scott July 09, 2012 at 08:38 PM
Leslie - when the first incident occurred money was raised for security and vet bills. I know I made a donation myself. If you are telling me now that Spirit is now saying they are not installing some kind of security after they accepted donations I am not happy with this. In the comment section on article number 1 they acknowledge the donations.
Leslie Perales Loges (Editor) July 09, 2012 at 09:26 PM
Hi Scott — I wasn't saying that they didn't have any intentions to install cameras, just that it wasn't something they mentioned directly to me after the first attacks. I talked to them earlier today to ask and get more details. They did install security cameras, however they said even with the cameras they're unable to make out the face of someone who was on the property at night in the dark in the footage taken.
Beth Eachus July 09, 2012 at 09:53 PM
Security cameras were installed very soon after the attack and the owner slept in the barn until the cameras were installed. The hope now is that there is video footage as to who and what happened. My child participates in this program and I assure you that the owners and all the volunteers are very concerned and committed to safety of the horses.
Beth Eachus July 09, 2012 at 09:55 PM
As I commented below, security cameras are installed and the owners are hopeful that the video footage will shed light on who and what happened this past weekend.
Leslie Perales Loges (Editor) July 09, 2012 at 09:57 PM
Thank you so much for your comment and input, Beth!
Sharon L Robinson Hambley July 10, 2012 at 12:13 AM
Looks like this property needs floodlights that come on when movement is detected plus the video cameras...I've never visited this facility...are there locks to keep the animals safe?
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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