Two men arrested in Maryville horse soring case

Two men arrested in Maryville horse soring case

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Randall Gunter (Source: Blount County Sheriff's Office) Randall Gunter (Source: Blount County Sheriff's Office)
Brandon Lunsford (Source: Blount County Sheriff's Office) Brandon Lunsford (Source: Blount County Sheriff's Office)

MARYVILLE (WATE) - Two more people have been charged in a Maryville horse soring case that left the animals barely able to walk.

Nineteen horses were seized from a farm in late April after officials received a tip about abuse at the facility.

Horse trainer Larry Wheelon was arrested and charged with animal cruelty.

Two more men were recently arrested in connection with the case.

Randall Stacy Gunter of Louisville, 42, and Brandon Lunsford of Walland, 31, now face charges of animal cruelty.

The men reportedly worked with Wheelon to train the horses.

Arrest warrants allege that Gunter and Lunsford worked with horses who had suffered serious bodily injuries, were discovered to have had chemicals and other foreign substances applied to their pasterns, and responded in pain when their legs were touched by veterinarians.

Additional arrests are possible, as the investigation continues.

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