Update: According to the Associated Press, 26-year-old Nicole Wells has been charged with disorderly conduct for Thursday night’s incident – the reason that Wells was dressed in a dinosaur costume has not been released.
A $2500 reward has been offered by the Charleston Animal Society after a dinosaur, well, someone dressed in a dinosaur costume, spooked two carriage horses in downtown Charleston late Thursday afternoon. The incident, which resulted in the carriage driver and one of the horses being injured, is believed to have been intentional.
Following the bizarre situation, the Charleston Animal Society announced the offering of a reward to help find whoever was responsible:
Charleston Animal Society Offering $2500 Reward if Today’s Incident was Intentional. Late Thursday afternoon, two horses were spooked in downtown Charleston while pulling a carriage tour, injuring a carriage worker. According to reports, an individual dressed in a dinosaur costume intentionally tormented the horses, placing both people and animals in danger.
Charleston Animal Society CEO Joe Elmore added, “If true, we view this as animal cruelty and it is not only unacceptable, but also against the law.”
A witness quoted in the Post and Courier expressed doubt that the encounter was deliberate. Shelby Salvador stated, “It looked like a freak accident.” Other people who witnessed the encounter were unable to determine if the costume-clad individual (believed to be a woman) purposefully tried to scare the horses – but it was noted that the person’s behavior was, at the very least, reckless. Others in the area claim that the person in the costume “growled” at the horses.
One horse, named “Yogi,” fell after becoming spooked by the T-Rex. The horse suffered some cuts and scrapes but was able to get up. The driver of the carriage suffered a broken foot after losing his balance and falling, reported ABC 4 News.
In a statement, Palmetto Carriage Works indicated that Thursday’s incident was the work of a “radical animal rights” activist.
The statement reads in part:
Today’s assault is outrageous and has no place in Charleston. The harassment our horses and mules receive from radical animal rights activists is creating an environment that is dangerous for animals and people. The City of Charleston needs to condemn these tactics and warn groups that encourage this behavior that their rhetoric is fueling this danger.
Anyone with information about this strange incident is asked to call 843-743-7200 for the on-duty Charleston Police Department detective.
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