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Wednesday, Apr 18, 2012

County: District of Columbia

Charges: Misdemeanor, Felony CTA
Disposition: Alleged
Case Images: 1 files available

Alleged: 17 year old male

Case Updates: 1 update(s) available

A nonprofit in Herndon is in disbelief after they found three of their therapy horses had been attacked and required veterinary attention.

The three horses were stabbed overnight on Wednesday at the farm where they're kept on the 2600 block of Centreville Road, near Frying Pan Park.

The animals are a part of the Spirit Open Equestrian Program, a therapeutic riding center for autistic kids and disabled adults. The center has six horses total, but only two small enough for children, both of which were attacked along with one larger horse.

"It does therapy for children, adults and veterans," says Jayna Rossi, a volunteer. "It just breaks my heart."

A neighboring farm has loaned Spirit some horses so classes can continue, but the children's program has been suspended for one week.

Frying Pan Park officials say a white man was seen stumbling around the park around 11 a.m. on Thursday. He is described as about 5 feet 8 inches and 160 pounds. Police don't know if he was involved in the incident.

The injuries are not thought to be life threatening and the horses are expected to recover.

Anyone with information is asked to call Fairfax County Police, (703) 691-2131.

Case Updates

A Herndon teenager faces felony charges in connection with animal slashings at Frying Pan Park in April and May.

Fairfax County police say the 17-year-old boy is charged with four felony counts of maiming animals, three misdemeanor counts of cruelty to animals and two counts of unlawful entry.

Police say they arrested the teen Saturday after getting a tip on Friday. They aren't describing the motive, but say they believe they have the weapon used in the attacks: a machete.

Police say two goats, a calf and a chicken were cut between 5 p.m. Saturday, May 26 and 7 a.m. Sunday, May 27.

On April 26, three horses, used as therapy animals at a riding center, were stabbed while in a barn adjacent to Frying Pan Park.

The Washington Post reports an informant told investigators the teen used a 22-inch machete to cut horses belonging to the Spirit Open Equestrian Program, after one horse reportedly threw the teen while he attempted to film himself riding it.

The attacks on the animals raised concerns in the community and prompted a $7,500 reward.

The Fairfax County Park Authority worried the attacks would keep visitors away. The park has more than 300,000 visitors a year.
Source: WTOP - July 26, 2012
Update posted on Jul 10, 2012 - 2:29AM 


  • WTOP - April 27, 2012

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