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Woman in dinosaur costume charged after scaring carriage horses

We never cease to be amazed at the antics of some people, we have all had our moments of fun at a party, fancy dress event or perhaps fuelled up with just a little too much alcohol, but getting dressed up in a Tyrannosaurs Rex costume and growling at horses, is perhaps taking fun jut that bit too far!

This is what happened in Charleston in South Carolina; the person a woman Nicole Wells, 26, wearing the costume approached a horse drawn carriage in the area of Church and Linguard Street. At around 5.30 a group of people were enjoying a carriage ride touring downtown historic Charleston when Wells wearing the orange costume thought it would be fun to spook the horses. Naturally the horse became scared, who wouldn’t we ask, and in the police statement it is understood that the horses backed away and the carriage struck an unoccupied vehicle, causing minor damage to its bumper. The carriage driver, Van Sturgeon lost his balance and fell off the carriage.  Unfortunately he was hurt in the incident and suffered a bruise and a broken bone in his left foot. He was transported to a local hospital for his injuries.

The news of the incident reached the Charleston Animal Society who immediately offered a $2,500 reward for information leading to an arrest.  Reacting to this Charleston Animal Society CEO Joe Elmore said. “If it was intentional, I’ll double it.” Well Joe did not have to reach into his wallet as the woman turned herself into the police and we understand that a detective told Van Sturgeon the woman turned herself in, but he admitted that he did not know what the “disorderly conduct” and “wearing a mask or disguise” charges were.

As you might imagine the tour operator Palmetto Carriage Works was not impressed, Tommy Doyle, the Manager says that animal rights activists are creating a dangerous environment for carriage horses. “The City of Charleston needs to condemn these tactics and warn groups that encourage this behaviour that their rhetoric is fuelling this danger,” he said.

We have to admit being slightly mystified if this was an animal rights tactic, scaring animals, horses in this case does not seem to add up to protecting , or enhancing their rights somehow. Possibly when Nicole Wells appears in court she may be able to enlighten us all how threatening horses is supposed to protect them. Joe Elmore is equally mystified as he suggest that if the incident is as reported then both he and Palmetto  view this as animal cruelty and it is not only unacceptable, but also against the law.



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