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Police Arrest Herndon Teen For Animal Slashings

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One of the Spirit Open horses that was slashed by an unknown attacker. Spirit Open uses horses as therapy for people with disabilities.
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One of the Spirit Open horses that was slashed by an unknown attacker. Spirit Open uses horses as therapy for people with disabilities.

A Virginia teenager is under arrest, charged in connection with a series of animal attacks in a Herndon animal park.

Fairfax County police say the unidentified 17-year-old was arrested late Saturday after investigators received a tip on his location. The teen faces  four felony counts of maiming animals, three misdemeanor counts for cruelty to animals and  two counts of unlawful entry.

The charges are related to a pair of incidents which happened one month apart in and around Frying Pan Park in Herndon. The first attack on April 26 left three horses slashed at the nearby Spirit Open Equestrian Park.

Then on May 26, a calf, several young goats and a chicken were found slashed at the petting zoo in Frying Pan Park. None of the injuries were life threatening, and all the animals recovered.

A motive for the attacks is still unknown.

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