In response to a recent court ruling, Connecticut’s House of Representatives passed a bill declaring horses are not inherently dangerous. In a unanimous vote of 138-0, House Members passed legislation clarifying Connecticut law by stating domesticated horses are not wild animals and therefore are not “inherently dangerous.”
Governor Dannel Malloy introduced the legislation to help protect horse owners and handlers of horses after a recent court decision that Malloy says went “too far.” Last month, the state’s Supreme Court upheld an Appellate Court ruling in a case involving a boy bitten in 2006 by a horse. The ruling said horses belong to “a species naturally inclined to do mischief or be vicious.”
According to the governor’s office, the horse industry contributes $3.5 billion annually to the state’s economy and about 28,000 jobs. Malloy said previously he was concerned about rising insurance premiums in his state surrounding the horse industry.
The Bill, called An Act Concerning Domesticated Horses or House Bill 5044, now moves to the Senate for consideration.