Woman in dinosaur costume spooked carriage horses
Nicole Wells, 26, of Charleston, was charged with disorderly conducted and masked or disguised person.
The orange T. rex was spotted around 5:30 p.m.in the area of Church Street and Linguard Street, according to Charles Francis, a Charleston Police Department spokesman. When the carriage got to 160 Church Street, the individual in the costume stopped and began making growling noises at the horses. Police say the carriage then struck a parked vehicle.
During the incident, the driver fell from the carriage, and a wheel ran over his leg. No horses or passengers were injured in the incident, but the driver sustained minor injuries and was taken to Roper Hospital.
“The horse named Yogi received very minor abrasions and is resting well back at the Big Red Barn with the other horse named Boo Boo”, Doyle said.”Today’s assault is outrageous and has no place in Charleston”. “The City of Charleston needs to condemn these tactics and warn groups that encourage this behavior that their rhetoric is fueling this danger”, he said. She was cited and released.
“I didn’t hear any [growling]”, Shelby Salvador said.
“It did seem that anybody would rightfully think that running by a horse in a T. rex costume, that would startle a horse”, Wolfe said.
“It was kind of sad because you can tell the horses were really shaken up and you kind of felt bad for them”, Yates said.”It was hard to watch”. I think she was going somewhere and then the horses were coming down the road at the same time.
“Perhaps she did not realize what a threat that appeared to be to my animals, but they responded remarkably well”, Sturgeon said.
“We see the attacks getting more and more brazen”, Doyle said.
Francis says neither the passengers in the carriage nor the horses were hurt.
“She was frozen. She didn’t leave”, Gary said. “And now this latest incident we have an individual in a dinosaur costume harassing the horses, causing a reaction and injuring one of my employees”.
“If true, we view this as animal cruelty and it is not only unacceptable, but also against the law”, said Animal Society CEO Joe Elmore.
“(It’s) not the horses’ fault, not the people on the carriage’s fault”, Rodysill said.
Palmetto Carriage Works did not point fingers at the Charleston Animal Society at Friday’s news conference.