Teen arrested over Virginia animal slashings

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One of the three injured horses.
One of the three injured horses.

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.

The attacks on the horses, used in a riding program, and the farm animals used in a children’s attraction, occurred a month apart and resulted in appeals for information by Fairfax County Police.

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 injured calf was still being bottle fed at the time of the attack, and would approach anyone who came near thinking he might be fed.
The injured calf was still being bottle fed at the time of the attack, and would have approached anyone who came near, thinking he might be fed.

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.

 

2 thoughts on “Teen arrested over Virginia animal slashings

  • August 28, 2012 at 2:09 am
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    Poor animals – so what’s next for this sicko – the people who run this attraction or the children?

    Throw the book at him.

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