- The Washington Times - Monday, July 9, 2012

A therapy pony that was stabbed in April was attacked again over the weekend, Fairfax County police said.

Lucinda, a 13-year-old Haflinger pony, was in a paddock at an equestrian facility in Herndon when someone slashed her hindquarters. Police think it happened between 8 p.m. Saturday and 10:30 a.m. Sunday.

The pony had been slashed across her stomach April 26, but those wounds were much deeper than the one she suffered over the weekend, said Davorka Suvak, founder of the Spirit Open Equestrian Program.

“This cut is shallow, and it doesn’t create any issues, so she can work with the children,” Ms. Suvak said.

Spirit’s mission is to improve the quality of life for children and adults with physical, cognitive, emotional or health disabilities through horseback riding and other equestrian activities.

Acting on a tip, police charged a 17-year-old boy in the April stabbing. The teen, who has not been identified, has been at Fairfax County’s juvenile detention center since his arrest in June, police said.

In addition to three attacks on Spirit horses, he also is charged in the May cutting of two goats, a calf and a chicken at nearby Kidwell Barn at Frying Pan Park.

The boy is charged with four felony counts of maiming animals, three misdemeanor counts of cruelty to animals and two counts of unlawful entry.

Police spokeswoman Lucy Caldwell said that after the first attacks officers were doing extra patrols in the area.

“It may be something we have to do again,” she said Monday.

Police do not have a suspect in the latest incident, Ms. Caldwell said.

“I just hope that whoever did it will be recognized soon and arrested,” Ms. Suvak said.

Police ask that anyone with tips contact Crime Solvers at 866/411-8477 or call Fairfax County police at 703/691-2131.

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