Dinosaur Spooks Carriage Horses, Injures Carriage Driver

May 19, 2017, 10:04 am EST | Share:

CHARLESTON, SC (WTAT-TV) — It’s a bizarre story out of downtown Charleston. A person dressed in an orange dinosaur costume spooked a horse carriage, setting the horses into a tailspin and its driver to the hospital.

It happened around 5:30 Thursday evening off Church Street. Police say the person in the costume approached the horse and growled at it.

The horses were spooked and tried to turn around but were stopped by a parked vehicle. The driver was thrown off the carriage and was run over.

Witnesses say they feel it was all a misunderstanding. “I think it was just happenstance. I think she was going somewhere and the horses were coming down the road at the same time,” said a bystander. “It was just a freak accident.”

Palmetto Carriage Works says the driver was taken to the hospital with a broken foot. Neither the passengers nor the two horses were injured.

FOX 24 received a statement from Palmetto Carriage Works which said “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.”

Meanwhile, the Charleston Animal Society is offering a $2,500 reward if this incident was in fact intentional.

They also released a statement that said “If true, we view this as animal cruelty and it is not only unacceptable, but also against the law.”

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call Charleston Police at 843-743-7200.