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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.


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