Hawkins County man arrested for cruelty to horses

Hawkins County man arrested for cruelty to horses

Timothy Lee (Source: Hawkins County Sheriff's Office) Timothy Lee (Source: Hawkins County Sheriff's Office)

SURGOINSVILLE (WATE) - A Hawkins County man was arrested last week for animal cruelty after officials found multiple horses and colts that were sick and malnourished.

Deputies received a call Thursday about eight horses in poor condition on AFG Road in Surgoinsville.

After arriving at the home, officials found that the six adult horses and two colts they said had body condition scores that violated the cruelty to animals statute.

During an interview, the owner, Timothy Lee, 35, told deputies he had been caring for the horses for a year and half, but had been struggling to pay for their care because of financial issues and a shortage of hay.

A local rescue group had recently responded to his property to pick up some of his other horses that needed care.

Lee told deputies he wasn't sure why he didn't tell the rescue group about the additional horses in his care.

He was arrested, charged with six counts of animal cruelty, and taken to the Hawkins County Jail.

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