HARTFORD, Conn. (CBSNewYork/AP) — Members of Connecticut’s House of Representatives want to make it clear they don’t believe horses are inherently vicious, a response to a recent state court ruling.

By a unanimous vote of 138-0, the House on Thursday passed legislation clarifying Connecticut law by saying domesticated horses are not wild animals and therefore are not inherently dangerous.

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Last month, the state Supreme court upheld an Appellate Court ruling in a case involving a boy bitten in 2006 by a horse named Scuppy in Milford. The ruling said a horse belongs to “a species naturally inclined to do mischief or be vicious.”

Rep. DebraLee Hovey, R-Monroe/Netown, a horse enthusiast, said the ruling put a billion-dollar industry at risk due to increased insurance premiums and legal liabilities.

The bill now moves to the Senate.

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In February, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy told WCBS 880 Connecticut Bureau Chief Fran Schneidau the bill would mandate that civil cases involving horses causing personal injury be decided on a case-by-case basis.

“This might, under other circumstances, be a matter that a governor would not get involved in, but the reality is that there are so many folks who own horses and an industry built around horses in our state that I felt it incumbent on me to act,” Malloy said.

“I felt that it had a better chance if I got behind the legislation, if I proposed it myself, and that’s why I took the steps of doing it,” the governor added.

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