Horse Haven volunteers warn of imposters

Horse Haven volunteers warn of imposters using their name to get horses

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"Right now there are a lot of horses going through livestock auction and they are being sent to Mexico for slaughter," said Horse Haven of Tennessee Executive Director Nina Margetson. "Right now there are a lot of horses going through livestock auction and they are being sent to Mexico for slaughter," said Horse Haven of Tennessee Executive Director Nina Margetson.
Margetson says if they do come out to rescue a horse, they will have a marked trailer with their logo. Margetson says if they do come out to rescue a horse, they will have a marked trailer with their logo.
Their volunteers will also have identification and will be wearing clothes with their logo printed on them. Their volunteers will also have identification and will be wearing clothes with their logo printed on them.

By JOSH AULT
6 News Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - An imposter has been using the name of an East Tennessee animal rescue group to get free or very cheap horses.

Volunteers with Horse Haven of Tennessee say they only recently found out about the scam and want people to be aware that these individuals do not represent their group.

"About three days ago we got a phone call from a lady who left us a message that stated she wanted to know if we were buying horses because a friend of hers got contacted," said Horse Haven of Tennessee Executive Director Nina Margetson. "He had a horse on Craigslist for sale and a gentlemen had shown up saying he was with Horse Haven and he was there to buy the horse."

Margetson says they do not buy horses and are only a rescue organization. She says that some people have been collecting free or cheap horses to sell them for profit.

"Right now there are a lot of horses going through livestock auction and they are being sent to Mexico for slaughter," she said.

In one instance, a Horse Haven imposter bought a horse in Anderson County in the Clinton area. He is described as an older man with a dark RV and a white horse trailer.

Margetson says if they do come out to rescue a horse, they will have a marked trailer with their logo. Their volunteers will also have identification and will be wearing clothes with their logo printed on them.

"We want to make people aware to be careful of who they are selling horses or giving their horses to, because I can guarantee you it's not Horse Haven of Tennessee," said Margetson.

Horse Haven of Tennessee officials have contacted law enforcement officers in Knox and Anderson counties to warn them about the scam.

They are still trying to determine who the imposter is.

Anyone who has been approached by this man is asked to call (865) 609-4030.

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