Pigeon Forge horse stable employee charged with animal cruelty

PIGEON FORGE, Tenn. (WATE) – An employee of Goldrush Stables in Pigeon Forge has been arrested after a video posted to TikTok showed a horse being whipped.

David Allen Whaley, an employee, is under arrest and charged with cruelty to animals.

The Pigeon Forge Police Department said Friday that they were made aware of a social media video of a horse being whipped at Goldrush Stables and responded to the business to investigate.

The video was recorded in May of this year, according to investigators. A police department release said the horse was observed and did not appear to have any injuries.

Goldrush Stables issued a statement on social media and said that policies are being implemented to prevent any similar incidents from occurring again.

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