HARTFORD, Conn. (CBSNewYork/AP) – 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.
“If that were the case and Connecticut became the first and only state in the nation that has that type of law, then it would really devastate the horse industry,” Dubitsky told WCBS 880 Connecticut Bureau Chief Fran Schneidau.