Three Horses Slashed near Frying Pan Park; Police Search for Suspect

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, according to a Fairfax County police press release. The program's Executive Director, Dada Suvak, said, "They will be fine after some therapy and rest, but it left us feeling hurt, angry and very vulnerable." 

Police say employees of Frying Pan Farm Park saw a man stumbling around the park around 11 a.m. on Thursday, April 26. He is described as white, about 5-feet 8-inches tall, and about 160 pounds. It is not known if he was involved in the incident. 

Anyone who may have been in or near the park during the time frame of the incident and recalls seeing anything suspicious is asked to contact Crime Solvers by phone at 1-866-411-8477, send an email from www.FairfaxCrimeSolvers.org, or call the Fairfax County Police at 703-691-2131. 

The Spirit Open Equestrian Program has six horses and operates on a small budget using many community volunteers. To learn more about how to volunteer with or assist the program, visit Spirit Open Equestrian's blog here.

Patch will have more on this story later Friday.

Correction: The incident did not happen on Frying Pan Farm Park property but on a paddock adjacent to the property.

Andrew Hutchins April 28, 2012 at 01:48 AM
i have worked at spirit for about 9 months and it was a terrible thing that happen i think that person has a really cold heart i love all of the horses there i care about them a lot and it really is terrible thing to have someone come and just hurt a innocent animal and hurt many peoples feeling and it is really wrong.
Leslie Perales Loges April 28, 2012 at 06:40 AM
Don, now you've got me doing a little research and I see it's not unusual to see it in news stories and articles. Thank you, and my apologies to Willa. I grew up in a fairly conservative area of the Midwest where even the mildest words were usually considered offensive.
Regina Kelly April 29, 2012 at 03:58 PM
So wrong on so many levels...I hope whoever did this is caught. The rest of us decent human beings don't need sick people like this in the neighborhood.
Gary Miller May 02, 2012 at 12:35 AM
Very sad that people are so cruel and insensitive. I fear that our society is somehow fostering such outbursts.
Leslie Perales Loges August 17, 2012 at 07:44 PM
Herndon Patch has an update on this story. The teen eventually charged in these attacks was convicted yesterday: http://herndon.patch.com/articles/teen-convicted-in-herndon-area-animal-slashings


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