A reward is being offered for any information that will lead authorities to whoever slashed several farm animals, including a 2-month-old calf, this past week at Frying Pan Farm Park’s Kidwell Farm in Herndon.
The calf, two goats and a chicken were cut with a sharp object, presumably a knife, between 5 p.m. May 26 and 7 a.m. May 27, according to police. The bottle-fed calf, Henry, required several stitches on the top of his head.
“Before this incident, he had absolutely no reason to fear humans,” said Lucy Caldwell, Fairfax County Police spokesperson.
“Although this incident was deeply disturbing and very saddening, the community has remained positive while coming together to support the injured animals,” said Judy Pedersen, Fairfax County Park Authority spokesperson. “Park Authority leadership and the Park Authority Board are extremely grateful for this outpouring of support, and Frying Pan staff wants everyone to know that the animals are healing quickly and doing well.”
The attacks came almost a month to the day after three horses were found slashed and stabbed at the same facility. The horse have since made a full recovery, but authorities are perplexed at the motive of the two incidents, which might be related.
No other property damage or vandalism was evident in either incident and nothing appeared to be stolen, police said.
“Harming these young animals seeks to be the only thing the perpetrator in each incident was after,” Caldwell said. “All the animals are recovering quite well, but we do not want to see this happen again.”
On Monday, Jack Pitzer of the nonprofit Frying Pan Park Friends board, announced a $7,500 reward for information leading to the arrest of the perpetrator or perpetrators.
“These are very serious crimes, “Caldwell said. “Police are still investigating but we hope this reward might motivate someone to come forward.
Anyone with information to provide is asked to contact Fairfax County Police at 703-691-2131.