Spooked Camel That Injured 7 During Shrine Circus Ruled An Accident

Police say no charges will be filed

October 05, 2018 - 2:01 pm

Related: Witness: Shrine Circus Camel That Hurt 7 Spooked By Thrown Shovel

PITTSBURGH (Newsradio 1020 KDKA) - Pittsburgh Police have wrapped up an investigation into an incident during the Shrine Circus at PPG Paints Arena on September 16 that injured seven people.

Authorities said in a statement they talked to serval witnesses, victims and reviewed video footage and have concluded it was an “unfortunate accident” and that no charges will be filed.

“Several children were riding a camel during the circus intermission. A carriage seat somehow loosened, causing children to fall off. A handler saw the children falling and rushed in to help. In doing so, he dropped an instrument – possibly a shovel – which clattered on the floor and caused the camel to “spook” and buck.”

No charges will result from the incident, which appears to have been an unfortunate accident.

The United States Department of Agriculture was also a part of the investigation.

Activist groups have called for animals to be eliminated from circus performances.