A youth, 17, has admitted using a machete to attacking animals at a popular Virginia farm park and the adjoining riding operation.
The youth was convicted on Wednesday of three felony counts of animal maiming and a misdemeanor trespassing charge in Fairfax County’s juvenile court, the Washington Post reported.
The Herndon teen was convicted over the attacks, which occurred a month apart at Herndon’s Frying Pan Farm Park and the adjoining operation of the Spirit Open Equestrian Program, which provides riding opportunities for people with disabilities.
The attacker used a 22-inch machete to inflict the wounds on the animals, all of whom survived.
The youth slashed three horses used in the equestrian program on the night of April 26, leaving them with hindquarter gashes.
Police were told by an informant that the youth had attacked the horses after getting angry over his failed attempt to video himself riding one of them. The animal had bucked him off.
The second attack, at Kidwell Barn in Frying Pan Park a month later, resulted in injuries to a calf, a chick, a goat and its kid.
The teen is scheduled to be sentenced later this year, the newspaper reported.