A 17-year-old teenager has been arrested in Virginia over the slashing of three horses in their pasture and four farm animals at a neighbouring children’s attraction.
Police this week announced that a Herndon area boy has been charged over the animal slashings that took place at Frying Pan Park on May 26 and April 26.
Police said they received a tip last Friday and arrested the teen around 4pm the next day.
He faces four felony counts of maiming animals, three misdemeanor counts of cruelty to animals and two counts of unlawful entry.
Police expressed their gratitude to the community for helping to keep the case active and in the public eye.
The horses attacked on April 26 were used in a program for people with disabilities called the Spirit Open Equestrian Program. They suffered nasty cuts on their flanks, some of which required stitching.
The May 26 victims were two goats – a nanny named Scandal and an as-yet unnamed kid – a calf named Henry, and a chicken. They live at the Kidwell Barn at Frying Pan Park in the Herndon area.
The Washington Post has reported more circumstances surrounding the alleged offending by the youth after it accessed a search warrant used in the police investigation.
The newspaper reports that the teen had gone to the horse establishment to film himself riding a horse, but was unseated and became angry. The attack on the horses then followed, police allege.
It is alleged the youth was responsible for later attack on the farm animals.