Alabama Vet Student Accused of Conning Horse OwnersMatt Boster
Posted by: Matt Boster
Date: Apr 11 2018 6:21 PM
Fallon Blackwood, a third year veterinary student at Alabama’s Tuskegee University, was arrested by the state on April 3 and is awaiting extradition to North Carolina where she will face a charge of obtaining property by false pretenses.
Horse owners all over the Southeast are coming forward with stories of how Blackwood scammed them out of their horses, convincing owners that she would provide their horses with safe forever homes as companions to her barrel horse. Only one of 32 horses given to Blackwood has been recovered; the fate of the other horses is unknown but many suspect they went to slaughter.
According to owners, Blackwood was able to check all the boxes as the perfect caretaker for horses in need of a home: individuals seeking safe landings for horses unable to be ridden due to health and/or age (the typical “at risk” horse) or due to personal life changes for the owner, such as poor health or loss of job or home, were convinced by Blackwood that she could provide a great home — especially due to her credentials as a veterinary student. Who wouldn’t be convinced that a home with a vet in training was the perfect match?