Tennessee farrier charged in Arkansas
Tennessee farrier Ronnie Epperson faces felony animal cruelty counts after Arkansas authorities say he poisoned his ex-girlfriend’s horses to death.
Deputies arrested Epperson last week after he turned himself in. He is charged with three aggravated counts of cruelty to animals in Mississippi County.
Arkansas resident Debra Gable broke off her relationship with the farrier in late April. She told investigators he continued contacting her.
When Gable had a horse for sale, Epperson scheduled an appointment for him and a friend to come to her farm. According to the criminal complaint, Gable and the buyer finalized the horse sale. During that time, Epperson was alone in the barn with her Tennessee Walking Horses.
The next day Gable found her three horses dead. Her daughter Ashley Farrell had her buckskin TWH Chism there. Farrell says after five-years, “he was my best friend.”
One of the other horses that died, arrived only two weeks prior. The third horse named Vengeance was with Gable for 10 years.
Toxicology and necropsy reports tested positive for Aldicarb. It is the active ingredient in the pesticide Temik. When poisoned with Aldicarb, the victim dies of respiratory failure. EPA guidelines state the product is only to be applied by professional pesticide operators.
Documents state Epperson allegedly used Temik to kill coyotes around a deer stand and other animals he considered a nuisance.
Sergeant Preston Williams tells us Epperson does not have a criminal record.
Epperson is out on $100,000 bond.