Shelbyville man pleads guilty in horse soring case - WSMV Channel 4

Shelbyville man pleads guilty in horse soring case

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CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) - A Shelbyville man has pleaded guilty to soring horses and related financial crimes.

Thirty-5-year-old Paul Blackburn was part of a horse boarding and training operation that involved cruelty violations such as placing bolts in the animals' hoofs, injecting chemicals and applying irritants to accentuate their gait for horse shows.

According to a news release from the U.S. attorney's office for the Eastern District of Tennessee, Blackburn will be sentenced on Jan. 23 and faces up to one year in prison and a $3,000 fine.

Blackburn was charged with three others for violations of the federal Horse Protection Act.

Hearings for 38-year-old Barney Davis and 33-year-old Jeffery Bradford, both of Lewisburg, and 25-year-old Christen Altman of Shelbyville are scheduled for Nov. 8 in Chattanooga.

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