WAMU 88.5 : Morning Edition

Filed Under:

Therapeutic Horse Slashed A Second Time

Lucinda, who was attacked in Herndon in April and again this past weekend.
Elliott Francis
Lucinda, who was attacked in Herndon in April and again this past weekend.

There's been another report of an animal slashing in Fairfax County and the victim is the same horse who was attacked this spring.

Lucinda is a therapy horse at the Spirit Open Equestrian Program in Herndon. For the second time in four months, the 13-year-old Hafflinger pony suffered what police are calling "non-life-threatening cuts." The latest slashing happened over the weekend.  

The pony is doing alright and is still a trusting animal, according to the nonprofit.

Police are looking at the possibility that this may be some sort of copycat attack. That's because  a 17-year old from Herndon is already in custody in connection with an attack on Lucinda this spring.  

He is also suspected of attacking several other animals, including two goats, a calf and a chicken. The teen is in juvenile detention and has been charged with felony and misdemeanor counts of maiming animals.

Spirit Open Equestrian is hopeful the police will be able to find out who attacked Lucinda, says  director Davorka Suvak. The nonprofit is doing its best to protect the animals, Davorka adds.

Anyone with information on this latest attack is asked to contact the Fairfax County police.

WAMU 88.5

Baltimore Artist Joyce J. Scott Pushes Local, Global Boundaries

The MacArthur Foundation named 67-year-old Baltimore artist Joyce J. Scott a 2016 Fellow -– an honor that comes with a $625,000 "genius grant" and international recognition.


A History Of Election Cake And Why Bakers Want To #MakeAmericaCakeAgain

Bakers Susannah Gebhart and Maia Surdam are reviving election cake: a boozy, dense fruitcake that was a way for women to participate in the democratic process before they had the right to vote.

So, Which Is It: Bigly Or Big-League? Linguists Take On A Common Trumpism

If you've followed the 2016 presidential election, you've probably heard Donald Trump say it: "bigly." Or is that "big-league"? We asked linguists settle the score — and offer a little context, too.
WAMU 88.5

Twilight Warriors: The Soldiers, Spies And Special Agents Who Are Revolutionizing The American Way Of War

After the 9/11 attacks, U.S. intelligence, military and law enforcement agencies were forced to work together in completely new ways. A veteran national security reporter on how America has tried to adapt to a new era of warfare.

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.