Group /Category 4
Animal Effect Cases

Case Directory
New Haven, West Virginia
April 17, 1967

Animal Reaction Feature:
Multiple independent sightings occurred along the Ohio River around 8:45 p.m. The object was reported as flying 400-500 feet off the ground and flying very slowly. No one mentioned any sound associated with the object.  In two of five reports, animals were present.

A young boy was driving a wagon drawn by a pony.  The object caused the pony to buck, ultimately wrecking the wagon, with the pony ending up on its back.  Neither the boy nor pony was seriously injured.  The object’s path relative to the pony and wagon is not stated.

Mrs. Lewis Capehart reported that her two German Shepherds “howled and barked” as the object flew overhead.  One dog broke the chain with which it was tied.

Joan Woodward, Animal Reaction Specialist:
Lewis Summers, pharmacist, reported a huge object flying at 500 feet, and at least at one point it projected two huge beams of light to the ground.  Summers, following the object by car, blinked his car lights and the lights on the object also blinked.  He estimated the object’s speed at 100 m.p.h.

Mrs. Capehart drew the object as a large ball of light with two cone-shaped protuberances sticking out from the sides.  There were two rows of four porthole-like openings on each protuberance. Other reports support her description.

Sheriff Hartenback (Middleport, Ohio) reported an object that emitted a bright yellow light and had feeder-type object protruding off its main part.

Louis Ellis, working at Vanadium Corp. of America, reported bright lights coming from windows on protuberances and a row of  steady red lights around the object, and thought the object was moving so slow that it might stall.

There were two reports of possible EM effects involving television interference during the time the object was in the area. No observers mention any sound associated with the object (but there is also no statement that it was silent).  No physiological effects were reported.

The U.F.O. Investigator (NICAP), Vol. IV, No. 1, May-June 1967, p. 6.
Keyhoe, Donald E., and Gordon I. R. Lore, Jr., 1969, Strange Effects from UFOs, Washington, D.C.,, NICAP, pages 41-42.

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