- The Washington Times - Thursday, July 19, 2012

The Humane Society of the United States is offering a reward of up to $2,500 for information on the person responsible for the second knife attack on a Virginia therapy pony.

Police said Lucinda, a 13-year-old Haflinger pony, was stabbed between 8 p.m. July 7 and 10:30 a.m. July 8.
She was also slashed across her stomach on April 26.

The pony is part of the Spirit Open Equestrian Program, a therapy program in Herndon for children and adults with physical, emotional, cognitive or health disabilities.

A 17-year-old boy was charged in the first stabbing, which included two other Spirit horses, and a May attack on four animals at a nearby barn. He was in custody at the time of the July attack.

Virginia state director of the Humane Society Laura Donahue said they reached out to the Fairfax police because several staffers learned to horseback ride in the area growing up.

“It hit close to home,” she said.

Ms. Donahue said there is a link between animal cruelty and violence to humans.  

Last year, the Humane Society offered two rewards of about $2,500 in Virginia. One was for information leading to the poacher of a black bear cub, and the other was for tips about the binding of a pet rat’s head and feet. Neither offer led to an arrest.   

They offer about $150,000 in rewards across the U.S. each year.  

Police ask that anyone with information about the case call Crime Solvers at 1-866-411-8477 or the Fairfax County police at 703-691-2131.

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