US Court to decide whether horses are 'vicious'

US Court to decide whether horses are 'vicious'

The Connecticut Supreme Court will decide if equines in the state should be classified as a " naturally vicious species", in a court case that dates back to 2006.

Timothy Astriab, owner of Glendale Farms, will speak in court after his horses bit a toddler on the cheek seven years ago.

In February 2012, an Appellate Court ruled that the horse in question, Scuppy, belonged to a species "naturally inclined to mischief or be vicious".

The legal action as stated began in 2006 after a boy tried to pet Scuppy at Glendale Farms in Milford.

The animal reportedly bit the child on his right cheek, inflicting a serious injury.

The boy's father, Anthony Vendrella, sued the farm's owners, but lost in 2010 at a New Haven court.

That court ruled there was no evidence the farm's owner knew of any previous incidents of aggression involving Scuppy.

Farmers and horse owners are arguing if the state Supreme Court does not over-turn the ruling that horses are a "naturally vicious species" this new classification would make horses uninsurable, leaving the horse industry in jeopardy. The industry already contributes $221m (£138m) a year to the state's economy.

If allowed to stand, Connecticut would be the first US state to consider horses as inherently dangerous.