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Case ID: 19368
Classification: Hoarding
Animal: horse, other farm animal, captive exotic
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Thursday, Feb 23, 2012

County: Knox

Disposition: Alleged

Alleged: Name Undisclosed

Case Updates: 1 update(s) available

More than 30 rescued horses are being temporarily housed at Chilhowee Park following a raid at an East Knox County farm by state and local animal control officers this week.

Thirty-five animals now have been taken from the farm at 2837 Voltz Lane, including two horses that were immediately transported Wednesday to the University of Tennessee Large Animal Hospital because of their poor condition, according to a news release from the Knox County Sheriff's Office.

The animals' owners previously were cited for cruelty to animals after Sheriff's Office animal control officers executed a search warrant at the farm Nov. 23, 2011, and again on Feb. 23 in response to several citizen complaints.

The owners were granted probation last month on the earlier citations, and required to comply with random inspections over the following year.

Animal control officers, along with investigators from the Tennessee Department of Agriculture's Regulatory Services Division, visited the 35-acre farm Wednesday to check the conditions of 98 horses, two llamas and a donkey. They placed the property quarantine.

When they returned today, investigators discovered two dead horses, resulting in new citations. One live horse and the donkey were taken to UT for immediate care.

Another 31 horses were transported to Chilhowee Park, where they will be kept in buildings used for cattle shows and animal events, according to a city of Knoxville spokesman. The animals are being assessed by UT veterinarians, under the supervision of Knox County animal control officers. Horse Haven of Tennessee also is helping provide care for the animals.

Multiple counts of cruelty to animals charges are pending against the owners, the sheriff's office said.

Case Updates

Chilhowee Park is a make-shift hospital for the horses being treated by Horse Haven and the Knox County Animal Control.

According to Horse Haven's Executive Director, they need your help in treating the malnourished animals.

But they ask for you NOT GO TO CHILHOWEE PARK.

Nina Margetson, Executive Director of Horse Haven of Tennessee says, "Due to the sensitivity of this case and for the welfare of the horses, the public will have limited access to the fairgrounds.

The groups responsible for this rescue are Knox County Animal Control and Horse Haven of Tennessee. There are several ways you can help the horses."

1. Horse quality hay and financial donations are our biggest needs right now. To donate hay, please call (865) 609-4030 and financial donations can be made by mail to
P.O. Box 22841
Knoxville, TN 37933
the Horse Haven website

2. Donations can also be made to the State of Tennessee Equine Rescue Network (STERN)

Donations by cash or check can be made at any REGIONS BANK. Let them know it is a donation to "STERN"

3. Those wishing to donate supplies and food may go to any Tractor Supply located in Sevier, Knox, Blount, Loudon, or Sevier counties and purchase items on our wish list that will be used to benefit the horses from this case.

4. Offer foster care to current horses at Horse Haven who are available for adoption to help open up spaces at our facility to enable us to remove these animals from the fairgrounds as soon as possible.

Horse Haven asks the public not to go to the fairgrounds to donate or help without getting prior approval.
Source: - Mar 1, 2012
Update posted on Mar 2, 2012 - 11:40AM 


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