Conn. Court to Decide if Horses Are Vicious

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. A challenge to that decision is now headed to the state Supreme Court.

Court documents show that the boy was bitten on the right cheek while trying to pet the horse at Glendale Farms in Milford in 2006.

Farmers and horse owners are concerned about the ruling and said that classifying horses as vicious creatures would make insuring the animals too expensive and threaten the state's horse industry.

They are mobilizing as the state Supreme Court hears the case Tuesday.

When the case was first heard in Feb. 2012, a mid-level Appellate Court said testimony  showed that horses are "a species naturally inclined to do mischief or be vicious."

An attorney said that if the ruling stands, Connecticut will be the first state to consider horses inherently dangerous.

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