Friday, July 20, 2012
At the time Lucinda was attacked earlier this month, the person believed responsible for the previous attacks was still incarcerated.
The attacks on the SPIRIT Open Equestrian Program’s horse, Lucinda, have prompted the Humane Society of the United States to offer a reward of up to $2,500. The reward will be given for information leading to the identification, arrest and conviction of the person responsible for the second knife attack on her. Lucinda was one of three of SPIRIT’s horses that was injured in April. She was cut again earlier this month. The original person believed responsible was apprehended by Fairfax County police, but not before attacking four more animals at Frying Pan Farm Park in May. The Humane Society says there is a correlation between animal cruelty and many other crimes, from narcotics and firearms violations to sexual assault and violence …
Tuesday, July 10, 2012
Horse in SPIRIT Open Equestrian's riding programs purposely wounded for second time in little more than two months.
SPIRIT Open Equestion's Executive Director Davorka "Dada" Suvak says Lucinda, the horse injured a second time over the weekend on a property near Frying Pan Farm Park, is "OK." It's the second time SPIRIT's horses have been purposefully wounded since April and the third time there has been an attack on the animals living in that area. The other attack occurred in May, injuring a number of Frying Pan Farm Park's animals. Suvak said the organization purchased and installed cameras in the paddock after the first incident. However, the quality of the camera footage taken at night in the dark may not be good enough to identify a suspect, she said. Lucinda's wound isn't as severe as those in the first incident, Suvak said, describing the horse'…
Monday, July 9, 2012
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 among the animals attacked at a paddock near Frying Pan Park 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 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 …
Tuesday, May 29, 2012
WJLA checks in with the SPIRIT Open Equestrian Program's horses one month after three were stabbed.
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Friday, April 27, 2012
The volunteers who work with the SPIRIT Open Equestrian Program are upset about three of the program's horses being slashed, but uplifted by the support the local community has shown.
Jeff Wallace thought Thursday morning was just like any other day as he arrived at the paddock adjacent to Frying Pan Farm Park to feed the SPIRIT Open Equestrian Program’s six horses. SPIRIT, a nonprofit organization, provides horseback riding lessons for children and adults with disabilities. When Wallace walked over to the horses everything seemed normal at first, until he realized three of them—Spirit, Lucinda and Tess—had been hurt. At first Wallace, seeing only Spirit’s gash, thought the horse had caught herself on the fence but found nothing that could have given her the cut. Upon inspecting Lucinda and Tess, he realized something was awry and contacted the program’s executive director, Davorka "Dada" Suvak. The animals were taken …
Three horses near Frying Pan Farm Park were injured between Wednesday evening and Thursday morning.
Three horses were wounded near Frying Pan Farm Park in the 2600 block of Centreville Road, and the Fairfax County Police are asking for the public's assistance in finding out who harmed the horses. The horses belong to the Spirit Open Equestrian Program, which teaches people with disabilities how to ride horses. The horses reside on a paddock adjacent to Frying Pan Farm Park and the program uses FPFP facilities. The horses were cut by a sharp object on their hind quarters, leaving about eight-inch gashes. Police say the horses were hurt between 9 p.m. on Wednesday, April 25 and 9:30 a.m. on Thursday, April 26. All three horses that were cut needed immediate medical attention, though the wounds do not appear to be life threatening, …