Frying Pan Park animal attack arrest: Teenager charged with animal cruelty

The horses spend part of their time providing rides and therapy for children with disabilities. Photo: Mark Segraves

A 17-year-old boy has been arrested and charged in connection to a series of animal attacks that left a Fairfax County community on edge.

Fairfax County Police say that they got a tip on June 22, which led to the arrest of the suspect on Saturday afternoon. Police did not release the suspects name.

The slashings, which took place on April 26 and May 26 at Frying Pan Park, shocked and dismayed the community. ABC 7's Gail Pennybacker reports that police recovered a 22-inch machete when the arrest was made.

The first attack happened in late April, during which three therapy horses at Spirit Open Equestrian Park were cut with a knife. The horses were used in a therapy program at the park; children with severe disabilities had been able to ride them as part of their therapy.

The wounds to the horses were "large and deep," officials said, and their recovery continued for well over a month.

A month later to the day, a calf, several young goats and a chicken were cut. None of the injuries sustained by those animals were life-threatening.

The teen has been charged with four felony counts of maiming animals, three misdemeanor counts of cruelty to animals and two counts of unlawful entry.