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Chicago Police Stable Break-In: 2 Teens Charged With Burglary, Injuring Horses

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Chicago police mounted patrols chase protesters on the Michigan Avenue, ahead of a two-day NATO summit, in downtown Chicago, Friday, May 18, 2012. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)
Chicago police mounted patrols chase protesters on the Michigan Avenue, ahead of a two-day NATO summit, in downtown Chicago, Friday, May 18, 2012. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

Two teens have been charged in the September break-in at a Chicago Police Department stable that left two of the force's horses injured.

Police say the two male teens, ages 14 and 16, were each charged with felony burglary and five counts of injury to a police animal, the Chicago Sun-Times reports.

Police have provided no additional information about the charges because the two are juveniles.

Sometime before 11:15 p.m. on Sept. 16, 27 of the 30 police horses who live in the South Shore Cultural Center's stables were released from their stables and were found wandering and startled. One of the horses, J.R., suffered a chemical burn when it was sprayed in the face with a fire extinguisher and another, Schott, sustained a cut on his leg.

“They did not enter this to commit a theft; rather, they entered this to maliciously harm our horses,” Lt. Paul Bauer, commander of the department's mounted patrol unit, previously said of the incident.

Police previously offered a $5,000 reward, donated by the Police Chaplain's Ministry and the Chicago Police Memorial Foundation, for any information that led to the arrest of the crime's perpetrators.

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