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Four indicted on animal cruelty including horse trainer and farrier

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Four horsemen, each associated with Tennessee Walking Horses, turned themselves in to authorities on Dec. 3, 2013 just before 7:00 p.m. By 9:45 p.m. the four were free and out on bond. The men are involved in 18 counts of aggravated cruelty to animals, all concerning the soring of Tennessee Walkers.

The four men involved in this animal cruelty indictment of horse soring include a Tennessee Walking Horse trainer, 68-year-old Joe Wheelon. Along with Wheelon, his two employees Randall Stacy Gunter, 44, and Brandon Randall Lunsford, 32, were also indicted on charges of conspiracy to commit of aggravated animal cruelty on livestock and aggravated animal cruelty. Blake Tanner Primm, 44, who works with Wheelon as a farrier, was also indicted on aggravated animal cruelty to livestock.

Bond was set for Wheelon and his two employees Gunter and Lunsford at $10,000 each. For Primm, bond was set at $5,000.

Court appearances have been set for the Blount County Circuit Court on Monday Dec. 9, 2013.

Source: The Daily Times

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