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July 19, 2012

The Humane Society of the United States Offers Reward in Horse Slashing Case in Herndon, Va.

Horse used in therapy wounded twice

The Humane Society of the United States is offering a reward of up to $2,500 for information leading to the identification, arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for a second knife attack on a horse in Herndon, Va.

The Case: The Fairfax County Police give the following account: A horse, named Lucinda, was discovered to have been cut while in a paddock on Centreville Road, adjacent to Frying Pan Park. The attack is believed to have occurred sometime between 8 p.m. Saturday, July 7 and 10:30 a.m. Sunday, July 8. The horse is used in therapy programs at Spirit Open Equestrian Park. The wounds were described as non-life-threatening. There have been two similar attacks on animals in the same vicinity recently. On April 27, three horses, including Lucinda, were discovered with several large, deep stab wounds. On May 27, a calf, several young goats and a chicken housed at Frying Pan Park were found with stabbing injuries. Fairfax County Police arrested a Herndon teen in connection with the two previous crimes.

Animal Cruelty: Getting the serious attention of law enforcement, prosecutors and the community in cases involving allegations of cruelty to animals is an essential step in protecting the community. The connection between animal cruelty and human violence is well documented. Studies show a correlation between animal cruelty and all manner of other crimes, from narcotics and firearms violations to battery and sexual assault.

“It takes a truly merciless person to violently attack an innocent animal like this,” said Laura Donahue, Virginia state director for The Humane Society of the United States. “We applaud the Fairfax County Police for aggressively investigating this crime, and hope our reward will bring forward anyone with information and help provide the community some sense of justice.”

The Investigators: The Fairfax County Police are investigating. Anyone with information about the case is asked to contact Crime Solvers by phone at 1-866-411-TIPS/8477 or call Fairfax County Police at 703-691-2131.

Resources: The HSUS Animal Cruelty Campaign raises public awareness and educates communities about the connection between animal cruelty and human violence while providing a variety of resources to law enforcement agencies, social work professionals, educators, legislators and families. The HSUS offers rewards in animal cruelty cases across the country and works to strengthen laws against animal cruelty. To see information on statistics, trends, laws and animal cruelty categories, categories, click here.

Media Contact: Stephanie Twining, 240-751-3943, stwining@humanesociety.org

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