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Case ID: 19272
Classification: Hoarding
Animal: captive exotic
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Monday, Dec 19, 2011

County: Knox

Disposition: Convicted

» William Anthony Smith
» Kimberly Elaine Smith

Two people who were keeping numerous illegal exotic animals at a Heiskell residence pleaded guilty Friday in General Sessions Court to animal law violations.

They were placed on probation for 11 months and 29 days.

William Anthony Smith, 52, pleaded guilty to illegal possession of exotic wildlife and illegal possession of a skunk. Kimberly Elaine Smith, 49, pleaded guilty to one count of cruelty to animals.

Under terms of a plea agreement, the Smiths agreed to surrender to Knox County authorities all of the animals that were seized in December from the residence at 139 Water Road. The Smiths also agreed to possess no animals during their probationary period and will be subject to random checks to ensure that no animals are on the property.

The Knox County Sheriff's Office and Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency seized more than 100 animals from the residence on Dec. 19, 2011. These included a lynx, a monkey and poisonous reptiles.

The animals have been housed and cared for by Horse Haven, Tiger Haven, Rainforest Adventures and Young-Williams Animal Center.


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