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Conn. high court says horse owners must prevent injuries

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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.’’

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