Conn. high court says horse owners must prevent injuries

The Connecticut Supreme Court has ruled that owners of horses or other domestic animals must prevent the animal from causing injuries, siding with a family whose child was bitten by a horse. On Wednesday, the court upheld an appellate court ruling that said a horse belongs to ‘‘a species naturally inclined to do mischief or be vicious.’’ The lawsuit began in 2006 when a boy was bitten while trying to pet a horse named Scuppy at a Milford farm. The Supreme Court ruled unanimously that a jury could reasonably conclude that a horse uses its mouth and teeth to investigate a person feeding it and if the person is not paying attention, ‘‘this behavior can escalate to a bite.’’