Reward Offered in Frying Pan Park Animal Abuse

Animals attacked over Memorial Day weekend

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    A recent attack on farm animals in Fairfax County, Va., outraged the community. News4's Erika Gonzalez reports. (Published Monday, Jun 4, 2012)

    A recent attack on some farm animals outraged a community in Fairfax County, and now it's banding together, offering a reward to help find whoever hurt the animals and taking new steps to protect them.

    After eight stitches and eight staples, Henry the calf is recovering well. Henry, two goats and a chicken were attacked Memorial Day weekend at the Kidwell Barn at Frying Pan Park in the Herndon, Va., area.

    Police have not made any arrests in the case.

    Outraged by the crime, a group called Friends of Frying Pan Park is offering $7,500 in reward money.

    "We'd like really to get a solution to find out what happened and who or what happened and how that happened and so we can get that out of our mind,” President Jack Pitzer said.

    At the time of the incident, Henry was inside the barn and the door was open. While Frying Pan officials said barn doors can be closed, they can't be locked because it’s a fire hazard.

    Police would not go into detail but said additional security measures have been implemented.

    Many of the same detectives working the case are also trying to determine who slashed three horses one month earlier at a nearby location

    “Other than the proximity and the location, we don't have a lot of physical evidence that we can talk about that would link them, however logically it makes sense,” said Lucy Caldwell of Fairfax County police.

    Fairfax County police said they've gotten some tips, some leads, but they're really hoping the reward money will help them close the case.