Supreme Court to rule on ‘vicious’ horses

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — The Connecticut Supreme Court is releasing its decision in a case involving a horse named Scuppy that bit a 2-year-old boy in Milford eight years ago.

The justices are ruling Wednesday on whether horses are innately “vicious” animals. Farmers and horse owners have rallied against the classification, saying it would make insuring the animals too expensive and threaten the state’s horse industry.

Lawyers in the case say if the high court concludes horses are naturally vicious, Connecticut would be the first state to consider horses as inherently dangerous.

The case stems from a lawsuit filed by the boy’s father that says Scuppy bit off part of the boy’s right cheek at Glendale Farms when he tried to pet the horse. The lawsuit says the boy has a permanent scar.

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