Four men, including Tennessee Walking Horse trainer Larry Wheelon, were indicted by a Grand Jury this week on charges of aggravated animal cruelty.
Wheelon and two trainers he employs, Randall Gunter and Brandon Lunsford, are facing two counts of aggravated animal cruelty. Court documents state the men intentionally inflicted burns, cuts, lacerations, or other injuries or pain to the legs or hooves of multiple walking horses in order to make them sore.
Wheelon’s farrier, Blake Primm, was indicted on a single count of aggravated animal cruelty.
Facing arrest, the men turned themselves in Tuesday. Wheelon, Gunter, and Lunsford are each free on $10,000 bond. Primm posted $5,000 bond, according to jail records.
The men were charged earlier this year with similar, but less serious charges. A technicality during Wheelon’s preliminary hearing led a judge to dismiss the charge against him in August. The charges were also dismissed against the other three.
Blount County District Attorney General Mike Flynn said at that time he was considering taking the case before a Grand Jury.
The men are scheduled to appear in court on December 9.