Deadly attack by horse stuns rescuers; rabies
Associated Press, 05/06/98 11:09
NOLENSVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - A horse was shot to death after it attacked
and killed a farmer and then tried to stomp a would-be rescuer. A rabies test
Billy Camron, 64, was in a pasture about 20 miles southeast of Nashville
when the horse, owned by him and his son, attacked Monday. A neighbor
tried to help but was chased away by the horse.
Camron sustained 22 rib fractures and died from internal bleeding.
``We found definite evidence of hoof and bite marks on the upper torso
face,'' said Dr. James Kennedy, Williamson County medical examiner. ``I
believe the victim was accosted on the ground by the horse, but was able to
get up and get to his tractor. He died sitting in the seat.''
Volunteer firefighter Lisa Sanford, one of several rescuers who came to
scene, said the horse appeared, galloping and baring its teeth, as they made
their way toward Camron.
She jumped into a nearby car, but the horse ``wouldn't leave me alone.
started running around the car every time I moved.'' The horse reared,
stomped and tried to climb the car, denting it. A deputy then shot the horse
Sgt. Robert Dillon of the Williamson County sheriff's department quoted
Camron's son as saying ``it was just a mean horse'' that had become violent
But rabies tests were planned. The disease is rare in horses but not
unheard-of. In March, veterinarians at Michigan State University issued a
warning to horse owners that a new strain of rabies was believed to be
spreading from the East Coast to the Midwest. Infected horses could start
behaving aggressively or become hyperexcited, they said.
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