Sep 24, 2013
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Are Horses Vicious? Connecticut Supreme Court Weighs Issue Today; Milford Case

Are Horses Vicious? Connecticut Supreme Court Weighs Issue Today; Milford Case

HARTFORD--Media outlets across the country and as far away as the UK are picking up the story about a Connecticut case being heard on appeal in the state Supreme Court today (Sept. 23) that has as a central question whether horses are vicious.

An Associated Press story published by the New Haven Register online says:

After a horse named Scuppy bit a boy in the face, a Connecticut court came to a conclusion that threw animal lovers: Horses are a naturally vicious species.

Horse owners and farmers are mobilizing as the state Supreme Court hears an appeal in the case Tuesday. Such a classification — the nation’s first, if it stands — would make owning horses uninsurable and jeopardize the state’s sizable horse industry, farmers and horse owners say.

“You could not pair children and horses, the core equestrian business nationwide that it’s all about,” said Doug Dubitsky, a lawyer who represents farmers and horse businesses.

When the boy tried to pet the horse at Glendale Farms in Milford in 2006, according to court papers, the animal stuck his neck out from behind a fence and bit the child on his right cheek, “removing a large chunk of it.”

See the full Associated Press story.

 

Are Horses Vicious? Connecticut Supreme Court Weighs Issue Today; Milford Case

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